The episode off the island of Lampedusa symbolises what critics say is the government's lax response to managing migration in a period exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic -- accusations led by the anti-immigrant far-right.
Over 12,000 people including entire families with elderly and newborns were left homeless when Europe's largest camp for asylum seekers at Moria burned down on the night of September 8.
French police on Tuesday dismantled a migrant camp in the northern port of Calais, from where thousands of illegal economic migrants and would-be asylum seekers have sought to cross the English Channel to reach British shores.
Hundreds of migrants began walking on Wednesday night from this city in northern Honduras toward the Guatemala border, testing a well-trod migration route now in times of the novel coronavirus.
The world is becoming less tolerant of migrants, according to a poll released on Wednesday as Europe prepared to unveil a new asylum plan in the wake of a blaze at an overcrowded camp in Greece that left thousands without shelter.
Migration due to climate change will be an issue that better placed nations will have to deal with in the coming years. Today people are fleeing their home country due to poverty, strife and persecution. Tomorrow people will be forced to migrate because rising waters and heatwaves
Ioane Teitiota and his wife fought for years to stay in New Zealand as refugees, arguing that rising sea levels caused by climate change threaten the very existence of the tiny Pacific island nation they fled, one of the lowest-lying countries on Earth.
The quest for freedom through the seas comes at a great cost to human life. This is what migrants bear, and continue to bear, as they cross the Mediterranean in a dangerous bid to escape tyranny, hardship and extreme suffering.
If there is one segment of humanity which is living in inhuman conditions and subject to inhuman treatment, it is the migrants. Their condition is pitiful and seems to show no signs of let-up.