A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

A container with the bodies of migrants is unloaded from the Swedish coast guard ship “Poseidon” in Palermo on Wednesday following a rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Marcello Paternostro/Getty Images

A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials said hundreds may have died. A security official in (...)

Migrants wait in Catania harbour in Italy after being rescued by the Italian coast guard on August 26th, 2015. Photograph: Dario Azzaro/AFP/Getty Images

A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials have said hundreds might have died. A security offic(...)

The  LÉ Niamh rescuing 225 people off the coast of Libya on Saturday night. Photograph: Defence Forces

The LÉ Niamh rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels on Saturday night, 112km north east of Tripoli. At 7.40pm, the Irish naval vessel was ask(...)

 A handout image from the  Italian navy of  August 22nd, 2015, of a vessel  crowded with refugees being picked up off the Italian coast in the Strait of Sicily. Photograph: Italian navy/EPA

The Italian navy rescued a total of 1,700 migrants aboard five boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday after receiving requests for help from nearly tw(...)

Syrian refugees prepare to board the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos at the port on the Greek island of Kos, August 15th, 2015. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Hundreds of Syrian migrants on the Greek island of Kos on Sunday began boarding a passenger ship that is to house and process them, in a bid to eas(...)

 A Syrian child smiles as refugees arrive at a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece in a dinghy. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Migrants desperate to get off the Greek island of Kos fought each other on Saturday while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refug(...)

A handout picture released  by the Italian navy  shows Italian navy  inflatable boats rescuing migrants crowded onto a fishing boat off the coast of Libya. At least 40 migrants died on a boat off Italy on Saturday.

At least 40 migrants have died in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean north of Libya, apparently killed by fuel fumes. Some(...)

MSF project co-ordinator  Juan Matias Gil (right)  with  rescued Palestinian  migrants Mohammed (35) and his  one-year-old daughter Azeelin, who were on a vessel carrying migrants which capsized in the Mediterranean on August 5th. Mohammed’s wife Diana also survived the sinking. Photograph: MSF 2:08

Two families plucked from the Mediterranean by the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh 10 days ago have described the intense relief at bei(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)