hungary's parliament has passed a new law saying the country's army could now shoot at refugees with rubber bullets and tear gas grenades, so-called non-lethal weapons for self-defence.
at least 29 people were detained including a suspected terrorist after some of the worst violence seen between police and migrants at hungary's now shut eu frontier. the use of water cannon and teargas has been widely criticised by both serbia's prime minister who said it was brutal and non-european behaviour, while montserrat feixas vihé of the un's refugee agency (unhcr) said she was shocked:
angela merkel has visited a centre processing asylum applications in berlin. the german chancellor praised employees for their hard work and dedication. she stressed the need to try and help migrants and refugees integrate into their new environment by helping them find work and learn the language.
a group of around 300 migrants, many from syria, abandoned their struggle to to walk the hungarian capital budapest on monday night. desperate and exhausted the men, women and children had walked between 15 and 20km before giving up. many simply lay down at the side of the road, unable or unwilling to go any further. the highway was closed to traffic for for more than four hours.
relatives of migrants who drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest turkey have identified the bodies. at least 12 people believed to be syrian refugees died off the coast of bodrum peninsula as they headed for the greek island of kos. twelve bodies including five children were recovered. seven people were rescued. two reached the shore in life jackets. thousands of migrants have died this year trying to reach europe by sea.
a police spokesman told a news conference carried on austrian television he could not put an exact figure on the number of victims. ' we can assume that it could be 20 people who died. it could also be 40, it could be 50 people,' he said. initial indications were that they suffocated, according to local press. an interior ministry spokesman confirmed that a tractor trailer had been found on a motorway by the town of parndorf. ' unfortunately there are many dead people in there,' he added.
as fast as hungary plugs its frontier with serbia with a steel wall, refugees are arriving at its weak points before it becomes unassailable to get into the eu.
riot police in the former yugoslav republic of macedonia (fyrom) fired tear gas and reportedly stun grenades on friday to disperse thousands trying to enter the country from neighbouring greece.
uk and french ministers are to meet this week (thursday aug 20) to agree a deal on tackling the migrant crisis at calais and the eurotunnel site where over the summer thousands have tried to enter britain.
the next stage in a gruelling journey to europe takes thousands of syrians, afghans and iraqis from greece to the former yugoslav republic of macedonia (fyrom).
one person died and at least 15 others were missing in the aegean sea on tuesday after a boat carrying migrants sank in waters between turkey and greece, greek authorities said.
nearly 500 more migrants arrived in sicily on thursday after being picked up by a swedish boat in the mediterannean. one of them died on the journey, although the cause of death is yet to be established. italian officials say more than 3,700 people have been rescued at sea since monday alone. the new arrivals landed on italian soil as prime minister matteo renzi met with regional leaders to discuss how to spread the migrant burden.
a group of african migrants have been left languishing on rocks overlooking the italian coast, after being turned back at the french border. they are stuck in the italian town of ventimiglia, close to the french riviera.
a stand-off continued on sunday between french police and african migrants trying to cross over from the northern italian coastal town of ventimille. the migrants were refusing to disperse opting to camp out on the nearby rocks. some local people were giving them food and water. the french authorities have been preventing them from crossing the frontier for the past two days, with the confrontation breaking out into occasional scuffles with police.
thousands more migrants rescued from the mediterranean have continued to arrive in italian ports. over 450 were taken to augusta in sicily on board the fenice, an italian navy warship. most are reportedly from eritrea, one of the world's most secretive countries, where alleged human rights abuses have sparked a refugee exodus. also on board were the bodies of 17 migrants recovered from one of the boats off the libyan coast.
ın the space of just 24 hours more than 4,200 migrants have been rescued from boats in the mediterranean. it marks a new high in the numbers desperate to reach european shores this year. the italian coastguard said distress calls were released from 22 boats off the coast of libya and italy, and 17 bodies were recovered. ships from italy, germany, ireland, belgium and britain took part in the rescue operation.
malaysia's deputy home minister says 139 uncovered graves, which are believed to contain the corpses of trafficked migrants, appear to hold one body each. officials had expected to find mass graves on the site in wang kelian, at the malaysia-thai border. the malaysian anti-corruption commission and police have since arrested two police officials suspected of involvement in transporting migrants, specifically in relation to the discovered graves.
denmark's prime minister has called national elections for 18 june. helle thorning-schmidt's centre-left social democrats are set to face stiff competition from the centre-right liberals, who want more curbs on immigration and limits on state spending. polls suggest the liberals and their allies will be victorious, which could result in a coalition that includes the eurosceptic danish people's party, winner of eu parliamentary elections last year.
malaysian forensic teams are involved in the macabre task of exhuming the bodies of hundreds of migrants found at 140 grave sites and abandoned jungle camps on country's inaccessible border with thailand. authorities are trying to determine whether the victims are bangladeshi or rohingya migrants.
an eight-year-old african boy who had been hidden in a suitcase in a bid to smuggle him into spain has been granted temporary residence. adou ouattara from ıvory coast was spotted earlier this month by border agents in spain's north african enclave of ceuta as the luggage went through a security scanner. the boy, who could barely breathe, has been given a year's permit. he will be able to rejoin his mother once dna tests confirm their relationship.
an ıtalian navy ship carried a dead body among the 900 illegal migrants brought to shore on thursday in the sicilian port of augusta. the men, women and children were picked up a day earlier from three boats drifting in the mediterranean. the coastguard said bad weather meant none were spotted at sea on thursday. navy ship commander francesco coronas said. one migrant was found dead on the boat. we couldn't do much about it. we tried to resuscitate him but it didn't work out.
as new data showed net migration to britain at its highest levels in a decade, david cameron hopes a string of new measures will reassure those who have just voted him back into office. the prime minister saw for himself how immigration enforcement teams work, visiting a premises in west london, soon after it had been raided by officers
stranded at sea, an estimated 4,000 men, women and children from myanmar and bangladesh have been left adrift with dwindling supplies, some for more than 40 days.
exhausted but calm, these migrants have survived a dangerous journey. some don't know exactly where they are, only that it is european soil. recently, they have been taking boats from the coasts of non-eu turkey in unprecedented numbers.
the eu has agreed a mission to fight against people smugglers operating in libya. a naval operation will start next month with its headquarters based in rome...
eu foreign and defence ministers met in brussels on monday to approve a mission aimed at destroying boats used by people smugglers in libya. ıt forms part of the bloc's response to the number of migrants making the deadly crossing to europe across the mediterranean. the eu will also seek approval for the plans via a resolution passed at the united nations' security council.
thailand appears to be ignoring a united nations appeal to rescue those adrift in the andaman sea. a video has emerged purporting to show a navy vessel towing a boat full of migrants away from thai waters. ıt is is believed to have been picked up by malaysian authorities when it entered local waters. bangkok's crackdown on human trafficking has seen smugglers abandon boats full of people, who are not always being taken to safety.
a newborn baby is among nearly 300 migrants taken ashore at the sicilian port of pozzallo. a german frigate was involved in the rescue of the migrants in three separate operations, and it comes a day after the british navy brought ashore some 600 migrants. the rescues are part of the european unions boosted search and rescue patrols in the mediterranean. but there is growing controversy about who actually takes in the migrants while their asylum cases are assessed.
nearly 600 migrants believed to be rohingya refugees from myanmar and bangladeshis have been rescued from boats drifting off the coast of indonesia's aceh province.
leaders from italy, the eu and un boarded an italian naval vessel off the coast of sicily to see at first hand the mediterranean operation to deal with african migrants.
mixed reaction from rights groups and ngos to eu migrant plan nternational organisations and rights groups have given a mixed reaction to the european union's plan to triple the size of its naval search mission in the mediterranean. the un's refugee agency (unhcr) welcomed the measures as an 'important first step towards collective european action
european leaders bowed their heads during a minute of silence for the 800 migrants who drowned off the coast of libya on sunday while attempting to reach italy.
libya said on tuesday it had stopped several boats packed with migrants since this weekend's shipwreck disaster, and that it was detaining more than 600 africans who were hoping to reach europe.
the army is being deployed on the streets of south africa as the police struggle to deal with a wave of violence against immigrants. seven people have been killed in the past three weeks in durban and johannesburg, with the government criticised for not doing enough to protect foreigners.
european ministers have put forward a 10-point plan in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the mediterranean. it includes boosting eu search and rescue missions, destroying smugglers' boats and sending migrants back home.
migrants, including a pregnant woman and children, arrived in the ıtalian port of palermo in sicily on saturday after being rescued at sea the day before. the somali refugees are among at least 700 people due to arrive on saturday after being spotted on numerous boats. around 13,000 migrants have been rescued over the past week alone, with about 1,000 people drowning so far this year. immigration centres around italy are struggling to cope with the influx.
he wave of migrants desperate to reach europe continued to unfurl into ıtaly on friday, with hundreds more rescued as they crossed the mediterranean in overcrowded boats. over 10,000 migrants have reached italy this past week alone (april 10-17). the number of people embarking on the risky journey to europe is roughly stable compared to the same period a year ago, but the number of those dying along the way has jumped almost ten-fold, "according to the international organization for migration
tuesday (april 14) marked another tragic day off the coast of italy. migrants arriving in the port of reggio calabria, at italy's southern tip, told the charity save the children that some 400 people died when their boat capsized en route from libya.
at least nine migrants drowned on sunday (april 12) while trying to cross the mediterranean from libya. over 144 people were rescued by the italian coast guard, according to authorities.
four years after the violent overthrow of muammar gaddafi libya is once again in the grip of a bloody power struggle. with rival administrations claiming to be the legitimate authority the country is facing the prospect of all-out civil war.