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EU ministers discuss migrant crisis

Published on Apr 20, 2015 March, 1 2011. Interview with Claude Moraes MEP, S&D spokesperson on civil liberties, justice and home affairs, today in Brussels after an exchange of views with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström..

The European 10-point plan:

1. Increase financial resources 

2. Capture and destroy vessels used by smugglers 

3. Gather information on smugglers and trace their funds 

4. Help Greece and Italy in processing asylum applications 

5. Ensure fingerprinting of all migrants in member states 

6. Consider options for an emergency relocation mechanism 

7. Offer a number of places to persons in need of protection 

8. Establish a new programme for the rapid return of irregular migrants 

9. Engage with countries surrounding Libya initiatives 

10. Gather intelligence on migratory flows

 


 
 

 

 

  

 

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What has the West wrought in Libya?

"The tragic shipwreck should also trigger circumspection about interfering in the affairs of other countries when there is not a direct security threat to your own."
Read More Robert Robb, The Republic | azcentral.com

 
Italian police arrest 24 human traffickers.The two ringleaders are Eritrean Medhane Yehdego Reade (top left) and Ethiopian Ermias Ghermay (second from top left). For the identities of the rest, visit here

(Source TesfaNews)

Council of the European Union - Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Council - Press Conference
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 18.00

 

ቅዳሕ ናይ 04/19/2015 ፈነወ
"ታሪኽ ናይ ሓደ ካብ ጀጋኑ ገባር ፈዳይን...፡፡ ምስ ተጋደልቲ ፈዳይን: ቅያዊ ናይ ፈዳይን ስርሒት ዝፈጸመን፡ ብመንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ብከቢድ ስቅያት ናይ ዝተቐትለን (ገባር) ፈዳይን ሰለሙን ሓድጉ ዓንደ ታሪኽ ብተጋዳላይ ውላዱ መዓሾ ሰለሙን እንክዝንቶ። ሰንበት 04/19/2015 ኣብ ድምጺ ኤርትራ ምስ ናዝ የማነ።"

   

 

A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three...

UNHCR - New Mediterranean boat tragedy may be biggest ever, urgent action is needed now

Press Releases, 19 April 2015

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

As of a short time ago, according to information from the Maltese authorities, only around 50 of the 700 reported to be aboard, had been rescued. Read More

EU to hold urgent meeting after migrant boat disaster

Red More

The European Union on Sunday called an emergency meeting of ministers to discuss what its top EU diplomat said was the "unacceptable" tragedy of up to 700 people feared drowned in the latest Mediterranean migrant shipwreck.

As many as 700 people are feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight.

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"The reality is stark and our actions must therefore be bold. These are human lives at stake, and the European Union as a whole has a moral and humanitarian obligation to act," it said in a statement.

Video released online shows a group of about 12 men being beheaded, and another group of 16 men shot to death [AP]ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Al Jazeera 19 Apr 2015 13:02 GMT A new video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. Read More

The Mediterranean is and will continue to be "a cemetery" unless concrete action is taken against human trafficking in the region, 
Mr. Prime Minister...and Mr. President

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Reuters 

By Antonio Denti

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.

Twenty eight people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered from the 20 meter-long vessel, which sank around 70 miles from the Libyan coast, south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the Italian coast guard said.

If confirmed, the death toll would bring the total number of dead since the beginning of the year to more than 1,500 as the flow of migrants seeking to flee poverty, war and insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East has continued.