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Migrant rescue boats have defied Italy and Malta's attempts to block Italian ports to rescue ships to save dozens of migrants who in search of a better future by trying to reach European shores.

Migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi, operated by the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Sea-Eye, headed to Malta yesterday with 65 migrants on board, after waiting near the Italian island of Lampedusa. However, Maltese authorities barred the vessel from docking on the island, the Armed Forces of...

"All 54 survivors have been rescued and are now aboard," Mediterranea, which is made up of left-wing activists, tweeted. "Among them 11 women [three pregnant] and 4 children...

"Happy to have rescued 54 lives from the hell of Libya. Now we need a safe port."

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to close Italian ports to migrant rescue vessels swiftly tweeted that Mediterranea's 18-metre sailboat Alex should take those rescued to Tunisia.

"Otherwise we...

Pediatricians shared disturbing images drawn by migrant children who were recently separated from their parents while in US Customs and Border Protection custody. The drawings show people behind bars and in cages. The pictures were drawn last week by three children, ages 10 and 11, at Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, after being released by CBP.

The staff at the center asked the children to depict their time in CBP custody. A social worker at the...

MEXICO CITY, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican government on Tuesday began to implement a program for Central American migrants to voluntarily return to their countries.

The Mexican National Institute of Migration (INM) announced in a statement that the first group of migrants returning home departed Tuesday morning by bus from Ciudad Juarez in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Of the 69 migrants in that group, 66 chose to return home after asking for asylum in the United States...

US officials are investigating a secret Facebook group where border patrol members allegedly posted racist and sexist jokes about migrants.

The private group had about 9,500 members, including former and current border patrol agents, ProPublica reported.

Some posts mocked migrant deaths, while others targeted Latino members of Congress, ProPublica said.

The Border Patrol chief has called the posts "completely inappropriate".

"Any employees found to have violated...

A 30-year-old Honduran man who had previously been forced to wait in Mexico while his asylum case was processed in the US died on June 30, weeks after being taken into federal immigration custody, officials said.

The death of Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres, first reported by BuzzFeed News on Monday morning, is the sixth in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since October. Hours after the report, congressional staffers were informed by ICE officials of the man’s death. Six...

The Sea-Watch 3 NGO boat carrying dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean headed for Lampedusa island on June 26 despite the threat of hefty fines from Italy's far-right interior minister.

"I've decided to enter the port of Lampedusa," Sea-Watch tweeted Captain Carola Rackete as saying. "I know this is risky, but the 42 shipwrecked on board are exhausted. I will bring them to safety."

Marine tracking websites showed the vessel had entered Italian territorial waters ...

The grim reality of the migration crisis unfolding on America’s southern border has been captured in photographs showing the lifeless bodies of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.

The images, taken on June 24, show Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water. The 23-month-old toddler’s arm is draped around her father’s neck, suggesting that she was clinging to him in...

Four human traffickers have been sentenced to life in prison by a Hungarian court for the deaths of 71 migrants found inside an abandoned truck in Austria, Reuters reported on June 20.

The bodies of the migrants were found by police in August 2015, decomposing in the heat in the truck on the A4 highway which links Vienna and Budapest, the capitals of Austria and Hungary.

Those who died probably suffocated inside the truck, Austrian authorities said at the time.

The...

UNRWA records indicated that the number of registered Palestinian refugees in 2018 amounted up to about 6 million and those figures represented the minimum number of Palestinian refugees, where they constitute almost half of the Palestinians in the world (about 13 million), said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statics (PCBS) on the occasion of the International Day of Refugees.

PCBS said Palestinian refugees in the West Bank who are registered with UNRWA as in 2018 accounted up to...

A six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.

The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by U.S. Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday, when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (...

Almost a quarter of British children do not know the meaning of the word “refugee”, according to a new survey, amid mounting evidence of a growth in negative sentiments and scepticism towards those seeking asylum in the UK. 

Just over half of teachers (52 per cent) spoken to by the British Red Cross (BRC) said they had witnessed “anti-refugee” sentiments in their pupils and almost a quarter of children (24 per cent) did not know what a refugee was. 

The poll of 750 primary and...

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini allowed 10 of the 53 migrants stranded on the Sea-Watch 3 rescue ship to disembark on Saturday, but pressed ahead with plans to ban such boats from Italian territorial waters.

The 10 rescued migrants, including two pregnant women and three minors according to local media, were brought to the island of Lampedusa on medical grounds.

The German maritime rescue NGO rescued the 53 migrants off the coast of Libya on Wednesday but has been...

The 18-article decree brings in fines of up to €50,000 for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel "entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation", Salvini told reporters on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting.

Although charity vessels which rescue thousands of migrants are not mentioned they would be hit, with Salvini saying repeat offences would see vessels impounded.

Also under the decree, which still has to go before parliament where the coalition government...

The Children's Rights Committee of the Council of Europe said that in the migrant transit zones along the Serbian-Hungarian border, there is a lack of effective measures to protect child migrants and asylum seekers from sexual abuse.

A report by the Children's Rights Committee of the Council of Europe "deplores" the lack of effective measures taken to protect migrant and asylum-seeking children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in transit zones at the Serbian-Hungarian border...