Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year: UN
Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year: UN

 A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday

Demonstrators dig migrant `graves` in Berlin

Around 5,000 people joined a Berlin demonstration on Sunday by a controversial protest group which dug mock graves in front of parliament to highlight Europe`s deadly migration crisis, police said.

Italy, France play down migrant border drama

Italy`s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande played down tensions Sunday over a migrant crisis which has seen hundreds of asylum seekers blocked at the border between the two countries.

Pope `moved to tears` by asylum seekers` plight

Pope Francis said Sunday the plight of asylum seekers hoping for a new life in Europe was enough to make him cry, condemning those who treat them "like merchandise".

Angelina Jolie takes her daughter to Turkish refugee camps
Angelina Jolie takes her daughter to Turkish refugee camps

 Angelina Jolie travelled with her daughter Shiloh Jolie Pitt to Turkey on June 20 to spread awareness about the world refugees.

Flow of migrants from Libya to continue: EU border agency

People traffickers in Libya know they are untouchable and the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean is set to continue, the EU`s border agency has told AFP.

EU approves military mission to tackle migrant smugglers: Sources

EU member states approved plans Friday to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, sources said.

Myanmar returns rescued migrants to Bangladesh

Thirty-seven Bangladeshi migrants rescued from a boat at sea by Myanmar authorities were handed over to Bangladesh authorities on Friday.

'The Dead Are Coming': Berlin activists bury drowned refugees

 Saying "the dead are coming", German activists Friday staged a Berlin funeral for a Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean, highlighting the drama of the thousands who die trying to reach Europe.

Danish anti-immigrant party considers role in new government

The man expected to become Denmark`s next prime minister on Friday faced the daunting task of forming a new government after the anti-immigration Danish People`s Party posted a record election score.

Indonesia believes Australia pays people smugglers to turn back boats

Indonesia insisted Friday it believed Australia paid a boatload of asylum seekers to turn back from its shores after Canberra had repeatedly refused demands for a clarification on the issue, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries.

EU frowns on Hungarian border fence against migrants
EU frowns on Hungarian border fence against migrants

The EU said Thursday that Hungary`s building of a fence to keep out migrants was not an effective way of halting the tide of humanity washing up on Europe`s borders.

Lithuania says can take in 250 refugees, migrants

 Lithuania said Wednesday it has decided to resettle up to 250 Syrian refugees, migrants and asylum seekers transferred from Italy and Greece, as the European Union grapples with how to handle a crisis in the Mediterranean.

Turkey reopens border to Syrian refugees fleeing Tal Abyad

Dozens of Syrian refugees poured into Turkey on Monday after Ankara reopened the border, fleeing intense fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists in northenr Syria.

Italy to ask EU to set up refugee processing camps in Libya

Italy said Sunday it will ask the EU to set up refugee processing camps in Libya, and threatened to `hurt` Europe should it turn a deaf ear to the crisis on its shores.

Niger: 18 migrants found dead in Sahara desert

The bodies of 18 migrants who likely died of dehydration have been found in the Sahara desert in northern Niger, the International Organisation for Migration said today.

Turkey opens border to Syrian refugees fleeing Tal Abyad

Turkey on Sunday began accepting onto its territory Syrian refugees fleeing the battle between Kurds and Islamic State (IS) jihadists for the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, an AFP photographer said.

Anti-migrant protests in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine

Buddhist hardliners backed by monks protested in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine state Sunday against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal.

Italy's Renzi warns EU on refugees as neighbours block border crossings
Italy's Renzi warns EU on refugees as neighbours block border crossings

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a change to European asylum rules on Sunday as neighbouring states tightened border controls, turning back African migrants and leaving hundreds stranded at the frontier in northern Italy.

Syrian refugees take fast-track to new life in Sweden
Syrian refugees take fast-track to new life in Sweden

Since opening its doors to Syrians fleeing war, Sweden has welcomed record numbers of refugees and a small but growing group are taking fast-tracks to jobs, bucking unemployment trends.