Squalid conditions on board Syrian migrant boat pictured

Packed in like cattle and huddled under blankets on the cold, bare floor, this is the scene aboard the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M cargo ship which people traffickers left drifting towards the Italian coast last week with 768 desperate Syrian migrants aboard.

Italy's second ''ghost ship'' rescue prompts EU pledge on migrants

A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday in the second such rescue this week, prompting calls for stronger European Union action in the face of new tactics by human traffickers.

African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead

Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying African migrants has capsized off the country's western coast, killing 70.

Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying over 250 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital Tripoli.

Italy arrests five over migrant `massacre` at sea

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reported.

Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel`s hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.

Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Boat migrant death toll in Italy rises to 45

Rescuers recovering the bodies of migrants left to die in the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat said on Wednesday they have found 45 bodies, up from an expected toll of 30. 

Libya rescues 450 migrants on Europe-bound boats

A Libyan naval forces rescued 450 migrants off its coastline who were aboard a vessel making an illegal journey to Europe on Monday, a naval official said.

EU wants to standardise migrant health screening

The European Union said Tuesday it would promote common guidelines across the bloc for the health screening of incoming migrants and refugees.

Only one Kashmiri migrant family has returned to Valley: Govt

The Jammu and Kashmir government said only one Kashmiri migrant family had returned to the Valley since 2009.

British vans telling migrants to `go home` ruled inoffensive

Some 224 people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), but in a ruling today the watchdog said the campaign "was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence or distress".

Italy boat tragedy: Migrant coffins lined up in airport hangar

The 111 coffins were numbered, a teddy bear wearing a smile and a blue shirt with a heart was placed above casket No 92.

In Australia, blue-collar workers exploited by fellow Indian employers

A new study has found that Australian employers and managers, often of Indian ethnicity, frequently exploit their fellow Indian blue-collar workers.

Mexico migrant train derails; at least 5 dead

An infamous cargo train ridden by Central American migrants heading to the US derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico today, killing at least five and injuring at least 35, authorities said.

Riot at Greek migrant detention camp: Police

Riot police were dispatched to put down a riot at Greece`s main migrant detention camp where detainees hurled stones at officers and set fire to their living quarters, authorities said.

British `migrants go home` van stirs controversy

Britain`s government on Monday defended a controversial campaign featuring lorries with billboards urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest", after criticism from a senior minister.

Meghalaya govt to compensate coal miners killed

The Meghalaya government on Tuesday announced compensation of Rs.3 lakh each for the next of kin of eight migrant coal miners killed by unidentified assailants.

Somali commits suicide after Italy denies asylum

A Somali migrant leapt to his death from an apartment building in Italy`s central city of Florence, after authorities reportedly refused to grant him asylum in the country.

Two arrested in Greece over attack on migrant workers

Two men have been arrested in Greece after foremen for strawberry growers allegedly shot and wounded 27 migrant labourers who were demanding to be paid.