“Shameful” handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform : UN

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 13 : U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged the European Union on Wednesday to sort out its “shameful” refugee policy after both Italy and Malta turned away a ship carrying hundreds of migrants. Some 629 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been in the central Mediterranean since Sunday aboard the […]

Italy vows migrant ship cannot dock as Paris-Rome clash escalates

By Philip Pullella ROME, June 13 : Italy said on Wednesday its decision to shut its ports to hundred of migrants aboard a charity ship was firm, as a clash between Rome and Paris over migrant policy heated up. “We will not change (our position) on ships belonging to non-governmental organisations,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini […]

Russia delays UN sanctions on Libya human-trafficking leaders

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 21 : Russia has delayed a western proposal for a U.N. Security Council committee to blacklist six accused leaders of human trafficking and migrant smuggling networks in Libya, asking for more information on the value and efficiency of the move. The Netherlands, backed by France, Germany, Britain and the […]

Migrants trapped in Libyan detention centre in “critical” state – MSF

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, May 4 : About 800 migrants in a government-run centre in western Libya are being detained in worsening conditions without sufficient food or water, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said. Many of the migrants have been trapped for more than five months in the centre of Zuwara, about 100 km (62 miles) […]

African migrants in limbo as Israel seeks Uganda deportation deal

By Maayan Lubell TEL AVIV, Apr 11 : Israel is finalising a deal to deport thousands of African migrants to Uganda under a new scheme after agreements with Rwanda and the U.N.’s refugee agency to find homes for those expelled fell through. About 4,000 migrants have left Israel for Rwanda and Uganda since 2013 under […]

Trump’s pick for UN migrant job says he is not anti-Islam

By Tom Miles GENEVA, March 19 : The United States’ nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency denied on Monday that he was anti-Islam while acknowledging a controversy over some of his social media posts and retweets in the past. “I have never shown discrimination against anybody or anything, period, other than if they […]