At least 16 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

By Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS, March 17 : Sixteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said. The incident occurred off Greece’s Agathonisi island, which is close to the Turkish coast. The nationality of the victims was not immediately […]

EU aims to step up help to Libya coastguards on migrant patrols

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Mar 16: The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said on Thursday, signalling a renewed push to support a force struggling to patrol its own coasts. Despite growing help from the EU […]

Migrants march angrily in Florence after Italian kills street vendor

By Silvia Ognibene FLORENCE, Italy, March 6 : African immigrants marched through the streets of central Florence late on Monday chanting “no more racism” after an Italian man shot dead a Senegalese street vendor earlier in the day. Police said Roberto Pirrone had fired six pistol shots at close range, killing Idy Dienec as he […]

Singapore helps migrant workers track income after reports of unpaid wages

By Dewey Sim Undated, Feb 22 : Singapore will help migrant workers set up bank accounts to ensure wages are paid after a report by a support group found some employers skipped town without paying their workers. The wealthy city-state with a rapidly ageing population of 5.6 million relies on a large number of temporary […]

Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

By Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander PARIS, Feb 21 : President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday proposed toughening France’s immigration and asylum laws despite strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority. The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants […]

Pope decries anti-migrant violence after neo-Nazi shooting shakes Italy

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 6 : Pope Francis urged Catholics on Tuesday to reflect on the causes of violence against migrants during the approaching season of Lent, in an appeal days after a shooting attack on Africans further inflamed Italy’s election campaign. In his message for Lent, during which the faithful are called […]