Libya: Appeal by Don Zerai (Habeshia Agency) for thousands of refugees

21 August 2014: Father Mussie Zerai, Chairman of the Habeshia Agency for Cooperation and Development, has launched an urgent appeal to Europe and the entire international community to find a solution for the thousands of refugees in Libya who are at risk of being “trapped” by the war.

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Controversy over landings/borders. EU. Frontex lacks means. Alfano: “No passing the buck at Italy’s expense”

19 August 2014: All EU countries should “do more” on the immigration front since Frontex is “a small agency” without means, according to an EU Commission spokesperson after Italy’s Interior Minister Angelo Alfano expressed the hope that Frontex would take over Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” Operation. According to the spokesperson, “the Member States must do more with means and financing”.

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Radio “Anch’io” (Radio 1 RAI): Focus on “Mare Nostrum” with CIR’s Director

19 August 2014: On August 13th, Radio “Anch’io” (“Me too”) on RAI 1 Radio, focused its program on Operation “Mare Nostrum”. CIR’s Director Christopher Hein spoke and reiterated the need to “guarantee those who need protection a protected and legal arrival, to…build bridges to this fortress”.

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Interior Ministry: 35,424 requests for international protection adjudicated in a year

16 August 2014: The Italian Interior Ministry has published updated data on migrants and asylum seekers.

International protection requests: From 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014, 35,424 requests for international protection were adjudicated. Of these, 24, 435 received some form of protection, including refugee status (3,784), subsidiary protection (8,143), permits of stay for humanitarian reasons (12,508), with 9,691 receiving denials, and 1,298 having other outcomes.

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ISTAT: 3.8 million non-EU citizens legally residing in Italy

14 August 2014: ISTAT (Italy’s national statistics agency), based on data provided by the Interior Ministry, reports that as of 1 January 2014, 3,874,726 non-EU foreign citizens were legally residing in Italy. This represents a 3% increase, or about 110,000 people, since 2013.

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Operation “Mare Nostrum”: Navy rescues 2,053 migrants during the weekend

12 August 2014: The Italian Navy reported that over the weekend of August 9-10, ships carrying out the “Mare Nostrum” operation rescued 2,053 migrants. On Sunday, 166 migrants, among them 14 women and 34 minors were taken to the port of Pozzallo, and another 198 migrants were taken to the port of Augusta, with 24 women and 61 minors among them. An additional 1,689 migrants were rescued earlier in the weekend and transported to safety.

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