European mass migration crisis

Actor Richard Gere gestures as he speaks during a press conference he held along with Open Arms founder Oscar Camps, in the island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, the day after he visited the Spanish humanitarian ship that has been stuck at sea with 121 migrants on board for over a week, after Italy and Malta have denied it entry. The Open Arms boat has rescued 39 more migrants on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Valerio Nicolosi)
August 10, 2019 - 11:26 am
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — A private rescue ship that has remained at sea with 121 migrants after being denied permission to enter ports in two European countries rescued 39 more people Saturday, a Spanish aid group said, further complicating conditions on and off board. The Open Arms made its latest...
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Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, speaks during a rally in Peschici, part of his 'Italian summer tour', Friday, Aug. 9 2019. Italy on Friday edged closer to holding an election as early as this fall that could move the country farther to the right, with anti-migrant Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini already unofficially campaigning for the premiership and declaring it makes “no sense” to keep alive the feuding populist coalition government. (Franco Cautillo/ANSA via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 2:16 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy on Friday edged closer to holding an election as early as this fall that could move the country further to the right, with anti-migrant Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini already unofficially campaigning for the premiership and declaring it makes "no sense" to keep alive the feuding...
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August 09, 2019 - 1:14 pm
LONDON (AP) — British border officials rescued more than 30 people Friday, who were attempting to cross the English Channel in three small inflatable boats and a kayak. The government said a Border Force cutter and a patrol boat picked up 27 men, a woman and two children. The migrants, who claimed...
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Migrants are seen aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Open Arms has been carrying 121 migrants for a week in the central Mediterranean awaiting a safe port to dock, after it was denied entry by Italy and Malta. (AP Photo/Valerio Nicolosi)
August 09, 2019 - 11:59 am
MILAN (AP) — The Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms remained stuck Friday in the Mediterranean Sea off Italy's southernmost island for an eighth day, with no European government offering safe harbor to the 121 migrants on board and the vessel facing a fine of up to 1 million euros if it enters...
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Actor Richard Gere, right, helps serving meals to migrants aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Open Arms has been carrying 121 migrants for a week in the central Mediterranean awaiting a safe port to dock, after it was denied entry by Italy and Malta. (AP Photo/Francisco Gentico)
August 09, 2019 - 11:51 am
ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — Carrying boxes of fruit, Richard Gere visited rescued migrants Friday on a humanitarian ship that has been struck in the Mediterranean Sea for over a week, landing smack in the middle of a debate over immigration that European nations have not...
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In this photo released Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, some of the 80 migrants rescued from a rubber dinghy off Libya are ferried to the Ocean Viking rescue ship run by the SOS Mediterranee NGO. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, said he is preparing to sign a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Photo SOS Mediterranee via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 11:27 am
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration developments in Europe (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say 161 migrants were stopped overnight trying to enter illegally from Greece. In a statement, police said the migrants were discovered in the south of the country by local police and...
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August 09, 2019 - 9:12 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Food Program says it's planning to nearly quadruple the number of people that the U.N. agency helps in four central American countries affected by drought, seen as one of the drivers of migration through the region. WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel says the agency aims to...
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August 08, 2019 - 8:46 am
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish humanitarian boat that has been carrying 121 migrants for a week in the central Mediterranean awaiting a safe port to dock has asked Spain, France and Germany for help. Open Arms said Thursday that it sent letters to the governments of the three countries asking for them to...
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August 07, 2019 - 12:01 pm
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe's immigration crisis (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Croatian police say they didn't use force against 18 migrants who were allegedly injured trying to cross illegally into the European Union country from Bosnia. Police confirmed in a statement...
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Personnel of a Maltese Armed Force vessel, right, helps a man to board their ship from the German humanitarian vessel Alan Kurdi, off the Maltese coast, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.. The humanitarian group said the 40 migrants that were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya have been successfully transferred to the Maltese military boats to be brought to port. Alan Kurdi had headed toward Malta after Italy again refused to open its ports to a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Pavel D. Vitko/Sea-eye.org via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 12:18 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern Tuesday that a new Italian law authorizing massive fines against the owners of private rescue ships could endanger the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. A so-called "security decree" drafted by Italy's...
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