The Mediterranean is a sea bordered to the north by Europe, the east by Asia and the south by Africa. It is linked with the Atlantic Ocean by the Strait of Gilbraltar.
Because of its location between three continents, the Mediterranean played an important historical role in trade, war and cultural exchange in the region. In the 21st century, it has often been a route for African, Middle Eastern and Asian migrants and refugees wanting to reach Europe. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on the Mediterranean.
The tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa has seen thousands of migrants seek safety there after a dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Men, women and children. Many spend weeks there, with little to do. That’s why a group of librarians from around the world, decided to offer those children a library of books that everyone can read. Megan Williams reports.
The charity MOAS, which has rescued some 40,000 migrants over the past three years, is to end its current operations off the Libyan coast. Instead it will take aid to the Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to continue the practice of not generally allowing refugees' family members access to Germany. The restrictions apply to refugees under subsidiary protection.
Charity rescue ships working to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean are facing increasing hostility from Libyan authorities - and from a group of anti-migrant activists who have chartered their own boat in the area. Samantha Early spoke with a young woman working on board one of the NGO boats.