Aug 24, 2014 — Italian authorities are trying to track and intercept boats bringing migrants on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean. So far, its EU neighbors have failed to help deal with the emergency.
Oct 18, 2013 — The drowning of more than 300 African migrants off Italy's Lampedusa island earlier this month jolted the world into awareness of a long-running crisis. Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Somalia and beyond risk their lives each year, traveling by boat to Europe in search of a better life. Scores die en route.
Oct 10, 2013 — The shipwreck off the Italian coast has drawn attention to the thousands of asylum-seekers who try to enter Europe by boat each year. The case has led to calls for a Mediterranean-wide search and rescue mission to intercept boats carrying migrants.