UN Migration Agency Says People-Smugglers Making $35 Billion from Migrant Trade

Criminal people-smugglers are generating around 35 billion USD in revenue from the migrant trade, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Lacy Swing, who heads the United Nations agency, estimated that around 1,700 migrants have died while in the care of people-smugglers this year. Around 5,000 died in 2016, and 3,700 in 2015, suggestingContinue reading “UN Migration Agency Says People-Smugglers Making $35 Billion from Migrant Trade”

Anxiety mounts as Italy moves to get more migrants out

© AFP / by Olivier BAUBE | About 60 percent of the thousands of migrants arriving in Italy each week have their asylum requests denied ROME (AFP) – Behind the high fences of the repatriation centre at Ponte Galeria, just down the road from Rome’s Fiumicino airport, dozens of women sit outside, waiting for word on whetherContinue reading “Anxiety mounts as Italy moves to get more migrants out”