So far, ten bodies have washed up on Libyan shores, two of them known to be Libyans and eight Pakistanis.
Victims of sexual and physical violence in Rakhine State, women have been disproportionately affected by the crisis.
In Spain, it is estimated that there are some 1.8 million Latin American immigrants, with Colombians, Argentinians, Bolivians and Peruvians representing the main groups.
There are some 244 million migrants in the world today – around 3% of the total population.
A report by Amnesty International details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants.
Reports this month of white Libyan slave traders selling black African migrants at markets in Libya have drawn worldwide horror and condemnation.
The move is part of efforts to provide protection for refugees and other vulnerable migrants who travel to Libya, often intending to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to Italy.
About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
Since the January inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump, with his anti-immigrant rhetoric, especially focused on Mexicans, the immigration crisis has gotten worse.
Since 2011, the percentage of unaccompanied children among Egyptian irregular migrants reaching Europe has been remarkably high.
People smuggling now represents the third-largest business for international criminals, after gun and drug trafficking, said the IOM head.
The International Organisation for Migration sounded the alarm after its staff in Niger and Libya documented shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia.
More people are expected to flee the fighting and camps for the displaced in the north and east of Mosul are expanding, the UN statement said.
Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries in the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.
The rising influx of refugees will put pressure on the limited resources of Afghanistan, which has already been ravaged by war for more than a decade.
Wednesday’s 6.5 magnitude quake was the biggest disaster to hit the province on the northern tip of Sumatra island since the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.
A lack of jobs in Indonesia has forced workers to migrate overseas looking for work, forcing them to cross in dangerous conditions.
As the number of Nigerian trafficking victims rise, Italian prosecutors are finding more and more of their time taken up with unpicking Nigeria’s criminal networks.
The International Organisation for Migration’s said that 4,220 migrants had died in the Mediterranean so far this year, compared with 3,777 in 2015.
The use of dinghies was partly due to European navies capturing and destroying many of the fishing boats that smugglers had been using.
The number of those who lose their lives while trying to reach Europe is higher than those who manage to get to the continent.
ISIS’s assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil-producing region, killed six members of the security forces and two Iranians
A UNHCR and Accenture report says refugees need internet connectivity and smartphones for their personal and social development.
Getting assistance to populations in need demands new ways of doing development that are smarter, faster and more efficient.
Sixteen separate missions were involved in rescuing the migrants, including Italy’s coast guard and navy, the European Union’s anti people-smuggling mission, two humanitarian organisations and two merchant ships
Europe’s migrant crisis is at the very least numerically worse than it was last year. More people are arriving and more are dying. But the twist is that, compared with last year, a lot of it is out of sight.
Italy is currently the main point of entry for seaborne migration from Africa amid Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II.
Italy is on the frontline of Europe’s worst immigration crisis since World War II, with little sign of a slowdown in the flow of people from North Africa.
Agadez in the landlocked country’s arid north is a popular way station for migrants attempting to traverse the Sahara Desert and reach Libya and eventually Europe.