Migrants in Crisis
 

2013 was costliest on record for lives of migrants who died while crossing international borders IOM says.

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BBC News - The Italian navy has found about 30 bodies in a fishing boat carrying hundreds of migrants between Sicily and the North African coast.

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IOM - With the arrival of over 3,000 boat people in Sicily over the weekend, the number of migrants who have managed to reach Italy from North Africa since the beginning of the year is almost equal to the total number of arrivals in 2013.

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BBC News - Every year thousands of Haitians risk their lives trying to make the perilous sea voyage from their country to one of its wealthier Caribbean neighbours in a bid for a better life.

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MELILLA, Spain (AP) - They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill winds whipping the cliffs of Africa's Mediterranean coast.

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Analysis: Last year IOM joined the European Union, UN and partners in renewed efforts and to protect migrants and save lives in the wake of the drowning tragedy in the waters between Libya, Malta and Italy.  The EU set up a special task force, the EU Task Force Mediterranean (TFM), to develop an immediate and practical response.  The ensuing Communication on the TFM from the European Commission outlines the concrete actions to be taken.

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