Smugglers send the migrants out in flimsy boats with little fuel, and most are picked up by international vessels after leaving Libyan waters.
The changing environment is invariably linked to human rights with over 62,000 people being displaced every day due to climate change.
“In a few day, you will be in Italy, in Europe. Libya is over,” each group of migrants on the boats was told in English or French.
Seven men were found dead during Saturday’s rescues, but survivors brought to Trapani in Sicily indicated a further 13 had been lost at sea.
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.
There is confusion in these waters as desperate migrants try to reach a better life with the help of NGOs and authorities scramble to deal with the chaos.
Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea but thousands die, go missing in the Mediterranean or perish in the desert on the way.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, so far this year 43,490 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea as of April 26.
Migration and asylum issues have come to epitomise France’s political tensions and to reflect the critical decisions that will face its next president.
A large proportion of the 4.3 million migrant workers in Latin America and the Caribbean survive by working in the informal economy or in irregular conditions.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) later urged the pope “to reconsider his regrettable choice of words” for using the term ‘concentration camp’.
A photojournalist on a migrant rescue ship recounts his Easter weekend.
Flood, famine, Partition, riots and the promise of land and jobs drove early migrants to the Sundarbans. Despite many hardships, they found a home there.
The Grande Synthe camp was 70% destroyed by a blaze on Monday night after clashes between Iraqi Kurd and Afghan migrants.
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People reveals the psychic landscapes of people who have spent decades building the physical landscape of the Gulf.
European leaders offered Libya money and other assistance to try to curb record migrant flows from the North African country.
The 2016 death toll, which is likely to rise as more data comes in, pushed the number of fatalities for the last three years to 18,501, or almost 20 deaths a day.
With the note ban crippling money orders, migrant workers in Maharashtra are unable to send cash home to hungry families.
The parliament’s ‘Culture Builds Bridges’ declaration comes amid a rise in support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party
Women and girls who risk sexual violence as they flee their home countries are getting contraceptive injections as a precautionary measure
Hungary refused to take in migrants under an EU burden-sharing plan. Instead, Orban announced a referendum on whether to accept any future EU-wide quotas.
Regional governor Mohamed Sultan said the number of bodies recovered was “almost final” but rescue workers were still looking for human remains at sea.
The UN and other leaders met to discuss coordinating an international response to unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants. Two migration experts examine issues the summits left unresolved.
The boat carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Burg Rashid, a village in the Beheira.
A UNHCR and Accenture report says refugees need internet connectivity and smartphones for their personal and social development.
As Hungary eyes the October 2 referendum over EU migrant quotas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who opposes immigration into EU, fortifies the border fencing.
The migrants stopped on rocks near the port at the French Riviera town of Menton after breaking through in the afternoon and were still there in the evening under the surveillance of French police.
Many locals fear that thousands of refugees will remain in limbo in Lesvos indefinitely, and that the world is simply looking the other way.
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.
Italy is on the front line of Europe’s immigration crisis, which is now in its third year.
The smugglers came from the same countries as the migrants, but often had EU residence permits or passports.
Bangladesh’s capital city of 20 million people is growing by close to 5% a year, in part as rural families migrate to the city seeking work or having lost their homes to worsening river erosion and storm surges.
A million migrants, many fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have poured into Europe through Greece since last year.
If confirmed, it would be the worst such tragedy in 12 months and bring the total number of migrant drownings in the southern Mediterranean to nearly 800 so far this year.
Subasri Krishnan’s new film about the massacre of 2000 Muslims at Nellie, Assam in 1983 is a haunting tale that poses difficult questions about the denial of justice and meaningful citizenship in India.