Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 30 September 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Mediterranean

29th September 2023
More than 2,500 migrants dead or missing in Mediterranean in 2023
The migrants and refugees “risk death and gross human rights violations at every step”.
Last month
August 2023
Search and rescue boat Ocean Viking saves 438 migrants in the Mediterranean
The rescues took place in international waters off the coasts of Libya and Tunisia, the France-based NGO said.
41 migrants feared dead after Mediterranean shipwreck
The Red Cross said the conditions of the four survivors, being cared for on Lampedusa, were good.
At least 30 migrants missing in shipwrecks off Italy
An investigation into the shipwrecks has been opened in Agrigento, on the nearby Italian island of Sicily.
This year
New accounts of fatal shipwreck off Greece clash with official version as death toll rises to 81
The new accounts raised further questions about the Greek coastguard’s response.
Irish naval ship tasked with enforcing Libyan arms blockade is ready to board smuggler vessels
The LÉ William Butler Yeats will depart from its base in Cork Harbour this weekend.
Irish Navy to use crew from tied-up ship to fill gaps while Ireland partakes in Med mission
The LÉ William Butler Yeats is set to sail to participate in Operation Irini, an EU mission to prevent arms smuggling into war torn Libya.
Italy rescues 1,000 people from crowded migrant boats
The rescues came the same day as the body of a five or six year old girl was discovered after a deadly shipwreck nearly two weeks ago.
Rescue crews search for survivors after at least 64 people die in shipwreck off Italy
The boat, which broke apart off Italy’s southern coast yesterday, is believed to have been carrying around 170 people.
More than 50 migrants die in boat wreck off Italy, including young baby
The boat sank in stormy seas in the early hours of this morning.
Woman and three children drown in migrant shipwreck off Greece
Eye witnesses reported seeing an inflatable boat carrying around 40 migrants, including children and people with reduced mobility aboard.
Last year
Charity asks France, Spain, Greece for help with rescued migrants
There are many unaccompanied minors and children on board, the youngest of whom is three
All time
Pope urges governments to cease returning migrants to detention centres in Libya
“So many of these men, women and children are subject to an inhumane violence,” the pope said.
Eating a Mediterranean diet boosts chances of 'healthy' ageing among older people
A Mediterranean diet promotes gut bacteria linked to healthy ageing, according to a UCC study.
MEP Maria Walsh defends voting down move to enhance rescue operations for migrants
The European Parliament rejected the vote asking member states to step up efforts to save asylum seekers making the crossing.
Over 80 people feared dead after migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia
The tragedy comes after 44 migrants were killed in an air strike on their detention centre in Libya.
Dozens of migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Tunisian coast
The boat was travelling from Libya to Italy.
Decision to end migrant rescue operation labelled 'outrageous abdication of responsibilities'
The EU is winding down Operation Sophia amid pressure from Italy and other countries.
Malta to allow rescue ship Aquarius to dock but migrants will be sent to other EU countries
The 141 migrants on board will be distributed among France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.
Stranded anti-migrant ship refuses help from migrant rescue vessel
The anti-migrant activists on board the ship said it was just a “minor technical problem”.
The Irish navy rescued 149 migrants on a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean this morning
The people now aboard the ship are receiving food, water and medical treatment.
The Mediterranean diet only has heart benefits for the well-off, says study
The researchers have concluded that the quality of the food may be as important as the frequency in which it’s eaten.
The EU is to curb sales of rubber boats to Libya to stop them getting to smugglers
Sales of outboard motors will also be cut back.
Irish Navy revives infant found unconscious in Mediterranean as record numbers saved
Commander Brian Fitzgerald said he was extremely proud of his team.
'An industry built on human misery' - in an uncertain world people smugglers are making billions
The waves of desperate people slipping across international borders every year has created a massive moneymaking opportunity for unscrupulous human traffickers.
Dramatic video shows migrants rescued from burning boat off coast of Spain
The 34 people were travelling on board a boat that caught fire.
An Irish Naval vessel is heading to the Mediterranean for our seventh migrant rescue mission
The LÉ Eithne was previously deployed to the region in 2015.
Up to 245 people, including five children, feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks
The body of a five month old baby was amongst those recovered by authorities.
Irish soldiers who served in the Mediterranean to receive extra €15 a day
There had been concerns raised previously about soldiers struggling to travel to work.
Bodies of 74 people wash up on Libyan beach
Officials said there was no transport available to move the bodies and no cemetery to bury them in.
Bad weather is making the price of some vegetables soar
The issue has hit some Irish supermarkets.
The number of migrants entering Europe by sea dropped massively in 2016
Data from EU border agency Frontex suggests the number of migrants entering Europe via two main routes dropped by two-thirds to 364,000 in 2016.
'They're going to make that journey anyway - the question is can you sit back and watch people lose their lives?'
A look at the migrant crisis through the eyes of the Irish defence forces.
Irish navy recovers three bodies during Mediterranean rescue operation
Around 269 migrants were rescued from two rubber vessels around 30 miles north of Libyan capital, Tripoli.
29 migrants die in toxic pool of fuel and seawater off coast of Libya
The horrific discovery was made yesterday by a Doctors without Borders (MSF) rescue ship.
42 people drown after boat carrying 450 migrants capsizes at sea
The vessel overturned off the port city of Rosetta in Egypt, police and health officials said.
The LÉ James Joyce has rescued another 108 migrants in the Mediterranean
Yesterday the Irish naval vessel oversaw the rescue of almost 2,000 migrants.
Newborn twins among 3,000 rescued from rubber boats at sea
Nearly 6,500 people risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea on Monday.
The LÉ James Joyce has rescued another 617 migrants in the Mediterranean
In one case, it successfully located and rescued 165 migrants from wooden and rubber vessels off the coast of Libya.
Italy is hoping these new hard-hitting ads will scare migrants off crossing the sea
The campaign is targeting 15 African countries.