UNHCR is calling for greater coordination, solidarity and responsibility-sharing, in view of the increased movements of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
European countries must step up their efforts to protect child refugees and migrants who have endured not only dangerous but desperate journeys.
Today in Lampedusa, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is joining with civil society, local and national authorities, survivors of the shipwreck, and well-wishers.
A group of 98 vulnerable refugees have been today evacuated out of Libya to Italy, the third direct humanitarian evacuation to the country this year.
At least 40 people are estimated to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the latest boat disaster on the Mediterranean.
An asylum-seeker allowed to disembark from the Open Arms rescue vessel on the Italian island of Lampedusa recalls the horror of her journey.
UNHCR is calling on European governments to allow the disembarkation of 507 people recently rescued on the Mediterranean who remain stranded at sea.
UNHCR is concerned about last night’s decision by the Italian Parliament to convert into law a security decree that imposes more severe penalties on boats and people conducting search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
The recent boat disaster off Libya on the Mediterranean underscores once again the terrible urgency for restoring sea rescues.
Discussions in Paris with European States on addressing the situation on the Mediterranean Sea, and preventing loss of life in Libya, are welcome and much-needed.