French President Emmanuel Macron said European countries had made progress on plans to redistribute refugees rescued in the Mediterranean, efforts criticised by Italy’s hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
Humanitarian organisations have accused the Libyan coast guard and European authorities of failing to meet their responsibilities to save lives. A Libyan coast guard official told The Associated Press that they searched for the boat but could not find it with their limited resources.
Dissenters expressed fears of displacement, potential security hazards and dipping tourism among other cohabitation concerns on the streets of Athens.
A spokesman of the Red Crescent said that 84 migrants were rescued and more than 40 others were missing after a boat carrying 127 migrants sank off the coast of Zarzis.
The presidential vote on Dec.24 is the core part of a UN plan to help restore stability, but the calendar has been under pressure as tensions flare once more between rival camps.
Most of the victims of Thursday's truck crash in southern Mexico that killed at least 54 people and injured dozens more were Guatemalan migrants, authorities said on Friday. People spilled from the truck carrying an estimated 166 people after it flipped over on a curve outside the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in the state of Chiapas.
Thousands of Africans take long, perilous journeys to Europe each year often traversing the Sahara desert and leaving the North African shores on small, inflatable boats fleeing hardship or seeking a better life. Last year, the UNHCR reported 3,077 people as dead or missing..
Between Jan.1 and July 22, 34,000 people arrived in Italy by sea compared with 25,500 during the same period in 2021 and 10,900 in 2020, Italy's interior ministry said.
Germany will allow some 130,000 resident foreigners to regularise their immigration status and create new incentives for skilled workers to come from abroad amid unprecedented labour shortages that are contributing to spiralling inflation.