Rescue of a third rubber boat on Wednesday, November 1st.

Mediterranean migration

Every year, thousands of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty at home attempt the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Countless lives are lost on the way.

Closing safe and legal options for people to reach Europe pushes them further into people smugglers' networks. In Libya, the detention of migrants and refugees is a thriving enterprise of kidnapping and extortion.

MSF is working in Search and Rescue in the Central Mediterranean. We also provide assistance to people in Libyan detention centres and those arriving in Europe.

Webclip - 3 Things to Know: Impact of Migration Policies (EN)

Webclip - 3 Things to Know: Impact of Migration Policies

3 things to know - the impact of migration policies

The EU's migration policies are having a direct impact across the Mediterranean Sea, while people are trying to flee dangerous conditions in Libya. Here are three ways that the EU's policies on migration impact on the lives of people trying to seek safety.


MSF fears for migrants forced back to Libya

Press Release 19 Nov 2009

MSF assists the five survivors - 73 feared dead - of boat tragedy in Lampedusa, Italy

Project Update 25 Aug 2009

MSF activities resume in Lampedusa, Italy

Project Update 28 Apr 2009

MSF calls on all participants to improve the conditions for migrants arriving on the southern shores of Europe

Press Release 11 Jul 2008

Helping desperate immigrants

Project Update 18 Aug 2004

Hundreds of Sudanese live in 'Hotel Africa', Italy - a derelict railway station in the centre of Rome

Press Release 20 Oct 2003
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