Here's The Real Reason Defend Europe Suspended Their 'Successful' Mission

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK

LATEST: Defend Europe just released a video of the encounter detailed below but omitted the part where they’re told to leave Libyan waters. On Satur...

Impossible Choice: Why We Cannot Stand Behind Returns To Libya

Gemma Parkin | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Gemma Parkin

It's a strange question to kick off the working day on board Save the Children's rescue ship: Would we rather stop our search and rescue operations completely, and risk people drowning, than return migrants and refugees back to Libya? But that's the question we were forced to ask ourselves - and the answer is clear. This is not an action we can stand behind.

Face It: There Is No Quick Fix In This Migrant Crisis

Rik Goverde | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Rik Goverde

We're in the heart of the migration and refugee crisis, the big story of our era. Worldwide, more than 65million people have fled their homes. Most of them find refuge in their own countries or region, some try and make it to Europe through the dangerous crossing to Italy, a route on which this year roughly one in 43 people dies. And Italy has been bearing that brunt on its own for years.

Fewer Migrants Are Crossing The Mediterranean Right Now - Here's The Awful Reason Why

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK

AQUARIUS, Mediterranean Sea - An increase in the number of migrants intercepted by Libya’s coast guard whilst crossing the Mediterranean means more ...

I Met Defend Europe To Try And Work Out What The Hell They're Doing

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK

Simon Wald is on a mission to ‘Defend Europe’. The tall, fair-haired, multi-lingual, 30-year-old German makes an almost comical sight in the bakin...

Refugee Crisis: Sea Rescues And Questions On Dry Land

Gemma Parkin | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Gemma Parkin

Our sole mission is to save the lives of people, particularly children, who are escaping violence, persecution and extreme poverty. We save people from drowning and if we stopped, the death toll would only increase further.

Rescue At Sea: A Mother Pays The Ultimate Price For Bringing Her Baby To Safety Across The Mediterranean

Lizzie Copestake | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Lizzie Copestake

We discovered that the fuel was leaking into the flimsy boat, which had taken on water because it could not withstand the weight of the 120-plus people crammed into it. By the time we arrived, the toxic mixture had spread everywhere, causing the most horrific chemical burns. In many cases, people's skin had come off and they had raw red wounds. Among these casualties were two men and two women - including the baby's mother - who had already perished.

Rescue At Sea: The Inside Story Of A High Stakes Transfer

Daniel Stewart | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Stewart

Until the EU provides safe and legal routes for those seeking safer futures, people - including children like Tarek - will continue to risk their lives to reach the sanctuary of Europe. The 300 people on board the Vos Hestia will be far from the last, and the Mediterranean will continue to be a mass unmarked grave for children.

How To Stop The Rising Tide Of Death In The Mediterranean

Jens Pagotto | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Jens Pagotto

The number of people who died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean has reached an all-time high and is becoming comparable to what Médecins Sans Frontières is used to seeing in warzones, with the UN Migration Agency recording at least 5,079 deaths last year.

No Child Should Drown

Gemma Parkin | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Gemma Parkin

When I was on board Save the Children's rescue ship, we helped save nearly 400 people in one day, including a one month old baby and a woman who was nine months pregnant and staggered on board helped by three of our rescue team.

The Senseless Death Of Children Is Not Something We Can Ignore

Alex Panayides | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Alex Panayides

Just over a year ago you will have seen a photograph of the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi on an Aegean beach. It was said that the photograph "shook the world", but more than 3,000 more people have died, or are missing, in the Mediterranean this year alone. We, and our politicians, might disagree about many things but we should all agree that the senseless death of children - on any scale - is not something that we can ignore.

Chic Retreats: Chateau Saint-Martin Hotel & Spa, France

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Everything about this hotel says French Riviera - the chateau, the sophistication, the period furniture, the magnificent wines (there are over 12,000 bottles in the cellar), the 300 century old olive trees, and its location - nestled between the mountains and sea...

Masked Armed Men Are Disabling Migrant Boats Mid-Sail And The Accounts Are Harrowing

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

Armed vigilantes are disabling boats carrying desperate migrants across the sea towards Europe, it was revealed on Thursday. A group of masked men ...

These Life Jacket Messages Show Just How Desperate Refugees Are

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

Life jackets worn by refugees making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean have names and numbers scribbled on them to let people know who ...

Time Is Running Out in the Middle East

John Watson | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

Very hesitantly, with a weather eye on the immigration figures and the population forecasts, the UK Government reacts to public pressure to confirm th...

The Air Is Toxic: Refugees and the Ghosts of European History

Neil Durkin | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Before they properly industrialised their killing of Jews, Roma and thousands of other victims in large-scale gas chambers, the Nazis had experimented...

5 Charts About Migration That You Shouldn't Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK

The rising number of migrants who die on their journeys across the Mediterranean is laid bare in five charts, which reveal that deaths in the region m...

We Are Europe - We Can Do Better

Vickie Hawkins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Vickie Hawkins

We are Europe - we promote to the world the importance of respect for human rights and protection of individual liberty. The UK has frequently been at the vanguard of that effort. The Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis that I've met over the past 48 hours have unfortunately yet to see that side of us.

Ten Beautiful Mediterranean Islands to Visit This Summer | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Summer is now officially upon us, and UK travellers will no doubt be keeping an eye open for potential holiday destinations. The Mediterranean has a vast array of islands, each offering their own distinct and unique mix of sun, sea, sand and culture.

Migrant Overboard

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Anything short of a permanent, comprehensive, fact-based and human-rights driven set of solutions regarding both legal and undocumented immigration to the EU, embedded in a profound overhaul of the EU's relations with its poorer neighbours, will fail to stop the migrants from spending all their savings, putting their lives at risk, and eventually dying at sea.

Drowning Not Waving: The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Libya's Implosion

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Despite the outcry in recent weeks over the repeated drownings in the Mediterranean, surprisingly little has been said about the country most of the migrants and refugees are coming from: Libya. Which is odd, because the increasingly disastrous state of Libya is a key component to this tragedy.

Death on the Mediterranean: One Teenage Migrant's Story

Secunder Kermani | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Secunder Kermani

I spent the last week on the Italian islands of Lampedusa and Sicily - both on the frontlines of migration to Europe from Libya. There I met migrants from countries as diverse as Syria, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Sudan. All risked their lives travelling across the Mediterranean.

The West Has the Blood of Drowning Migrants on Its Hands

John Wight | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
John Wight

The drowning of 800 people in the Mediterranean is a crime against humanity, the ultimate responsibility for which lies not with the people traffickers operating the boats involved, as some assert, but Western governments that have destabilised the nations from which those refugees are so desperate to escape they are willing to risk their lives in the process.

Let's Lift Europe's Death Sentence for Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

The EU's focus is still on keeping people out, not keeping them safe. This approach is illegal, impractical, and immoral. Every person making this crossing is entitled to a fair hearing and protection if they are shown to be a refugee. Thursday's summit failed to acknowledge this, and will thus do little to end the humanitarian emergency on our doorstep.

More Than 165,000 People Want Katie Hopkins Sacked From The Sun For THAT Column

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Russell Brand Has A Surprising Reaction To Katie Hopkins' Migrant Boat Column It's Official: 200,000 People Want The Sun To Sack Katie Hopk...