North African migrants stopped near Lampedusa, returned to Tripoli

Last week, 14 North African migrants were picked up by an Italian boat 30 miles off the coast of Lampedusa and 90 miles off the coast of Malta. Initially the Italian authorities refused to send any officers to the location…

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EU wants Turkey, Libya to help with illegal immigration

In a recent meeting of EU justice ministers in Stockholm, the European Justice Commissioner, Jacques Barrot (pictured), said that the EU is seeking new negotiations with Turkey and Libya to try to curb illegal immigration into Europe.

The commissioner told…

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UNHCR, Italy in tit-for-tat spat over migrants

According to The Associated Press, the UN High Commission for Refugees said yesterday that Eritrean refugees were “mistreated by the Italian navy when it intercepted them in the Mediterranean,” off the coast of Lampedusa.

Ron Redmond, the UNHCR’s spokesman, said that…

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Lampedusa migration holding site now empty

Since earlier this month, the migration holding site at Lampedusa has been entirely emptied. Yes, astonishingly, the same location that once held 1,800 migrants has been entirely devoid of anyone being held at the center.

According to an account earlier this month…

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