Spain to invest $35 mln in initial costs of migrant influx

By Isla Binnie MADRID, July 30 : Spain aims to invest 30 million euros ($35.1 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said. During two months in office, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asserted his liberal credentials by offering to […]

Judge to weigh new rules as US works to reunite migrant families

By Tom Hals Undated, July 13 : A federal judge on Friday will consider imposing tougher rules on the US government to ensure it reunites as many as 2,000 immigrant children with their parents by July 26. In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, US Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered […]

Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini

By Gavin Jones ROME, July 13 : President Sergio Mattarella has made a rare intervention in Italian politics to end a dispute within the ruling coalition over a migrant boat, angering right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Mattarella contacted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Thursday to express his concern about the plight of 67 migrants […]

Italy wants EU sea missions to take rescued migrants elsewhere

By Steve Scherer ROME, July 8 : Italy will seek commitments from European Union partners to have migrants rescued at sea by ships from anti-trafficking and border control missions taken to other countries, its interior minister said on Sunday. The request will be made on Thursday at a meeting of European interior ministers in the […]

Merkel vows to soldier on despite bruising migration dispute

By Michael Nienaber and Joseph Nasr Berlin, July 4 : Germany’s right-left coalition government will serve its full four-year term despite a bitter dispute over immigration policy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said today , downplaying fears of instability in Europe’s largest economy. Merkel struck a deal this week with her Bavarian allies to limit migrant entries […]

Italy, Malta in fresh stand-off over boat carrying 59 migrants

By Gavin Jones ROME, June 30 : A rescue boat saved 59 migrants at sea off Libya on Saturday and Italy immediately said it would not welcome them, setting up a fresh stand-off with Malta and adding to tensions among European governments over immigration. The migrants on board Open Arms, a boat run by the […]