Category Immigration

Hundreds of Cubans turn up for rumor of mass exodus – Nation –

It was only a rumor. But several hundred people turned up at a remote Cuban port on the last days of 2013, some carrying inner tubes, hoping to reach the ship said to be waiting offshore for anyone who wanted to escape the island. “Police, state security and border guards sealed off the town, and […]

Italian coast guards rescue 700 migrants as EU leaders promise action –

Italian coast guards rescued nearly 700 people in five separate operations overnight around the island of Lampedusa, they said Friday. News of the rescue operations came as European Union leaders were meeting in Brussels, Belgium, for a summit at which the issue of migration was high on the agenda. The deaths of more than 300 […]

Italy saves 300 migrants off Sicily including new-born – BBC News

More than 300 migrants – most of them believed to be Syrians – have been rescued from two overcrowded boats off Sicily, Italian officials say. A four-day-old girl born at sea was among the migrants, a coastguard commander said in the port of Syracuse. The baby and her mother are in good health, the commander […]

Six Egyptian migrants drown on 20-metre swim from boat to Sicily beach | World news |

Italy was shaken over the weekend by the deaths of six young Egyptians who drowned while trying to swim 20 metres from a wooden fishing boat to the shore, and whose bodies were laid out in bags beside sun umbrellas on a popular Sicilian beach. The prosecutor of Catania, Sicily’s second city, opened an investigation […]

Three migrants drown on perilous trek to Italy in rubber dinghy | GlobalPost

Three female migrants died during a treacherous voyage to Europe in a rubber dinghy and 174 others were rescued as they made their way to the Italian island of Lampedusa, media reported Sunday. A group of 90 Somali immigrants was intercepted while drifting in a dinghy in the Canal of Sicily and was rescued by […]

Over 130 migrants rescued from sinking boat near Crete – BBC News

Greek coastguards rescued over 130 migrants from a sinking boat off the island of Crete on Tuesday. The migrants, who were helped by passing boats, have been transferred to a town in the southeast of the island. It comes a day after Pope Francis criticised the “indifference” of the world to the plight of immigrants […]

Dramatic sea rescue in Italy, 900 migrants land in two days – Latest – New Straits Times

ROME: Italy’s coast guard rescued 95 migrants found clinging to a large tuna fishing cage off the shores of Sicily on Sunday, as the number of people who landed in Italy over the weekend rose to over 900. Rescuers pulled more than 250 people to safety on Sunday as two boats  crossing the Mediterranean got […]