Mediterranean Sea

Migrants using more diverse, "covert" routes to Europe, study finds

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are entering Europe via little-known "covert" routes increasingly used since some nations adopted stricter border controls, a think-tank said on Friday.

UN: Over 200,000 Libyan refugees preparing to cross to Italy

Some 235,000 refugees are waiting in war-torn Libya to make the crossing across the Mediterranean Sea, according to UN figures.

Italy coastguard: 2,700 migrants saved, 15 bodies recovered from Mediterranean sea

More than 2,700 people were rescued and 15 bodies were recovered following 23 rescue operations in the central Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said Monday in the latest update on the world's...

Cyprus and Egypt agree to build gas pipeline

Cyprus and Egypt are to build a natural gas pipeline between the two Mediterranean countries, Cypriot media reported on Wednesday.

EU cleared to train Libya coastguard, target Mediterranean arms trade

The European Union got the final go-ahead Tuesday to expand its anti-migrant smuggling operation in the Mediterranean Sea, allowing it to take on the additional tasks of training Libya's...

Italy: 10,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in 48 hours

About 3,000 migrants were picked up Tuesday from the central Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said, raising to around 10,000 the rescue tally over the past 48 hours.

Merkel says Turkey deal to serve as model for North African countries

The European Union's refugee deal with Turkey will serve as a model for similar agreements with North African countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published by newspaper...

Greek coastguard: More than 300 migrants rescued over last nine days

More than 300 migrants have been rescued from the Aegean Sea over the past nine days, the Greek Coastguard announced on Wednesday, when 59 people alone were saved near the island of Kos.

Islamic State terrorists may hide among migrants, Libyan premier says

Islamic State terrorists may be hiding among Mediterranean boat migrants, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj warned in a Wednesday interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Surging numbers of child migrants reach Italy alone, UNICEF finds

The number of migrant children who cross the Mediterranean to Italy without parents or relatives doubled to 7,009 between January and May, compared to the same period last year, the UN Children's...

UN: 10,000 migrants have died in Mediterranean since start of 2014

An estimated 10,000 migrants have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the start of 2014, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said...

Boat with hundreds of migrants capsizes in central Mediterranean

Greek rescuers pulled 250 people from the Mediterranean and were searching for more survivors Friday after a boat with hundreds of migrants capsized south of Crete.

IOM estimates 1,000 migrants died crossing Mediterranean last week

At least 1,000 migrants died in shipwrecks and boat capsizings in the central Mediterranean Sea last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated on Tuesday.

As Mediterranean migrant deaths pile up, Italy asks: Where is Europe?

Despite the best efforts of search and rescue missions, the death toll from Mediterranean sea crossings keeps on piling up, increasing the pressure on the European Union to find alternative ways...

45 dead in third migrant shipwreck in three days, Italian Navy says

Forty-five bodies were recovered and 135 migrants rescued from a semi-sunken ship, the Italian Navy said overnight, reporting on the third shipwreck in three days in the central Mediterranean.