Flimsy boats, EU policies and an increase in migrants attempting the crossing are some of the factors converging to make this year an especially deadly one.
The Spanish islands saw a big increase last year of people trying to migrate to Europe by boat. After sheltering many of them in hotels, the authorities have set up camps and stepped up deportations.
The U.N. says the strike hit a hangar within the Tajoura Detention Center, obliterating what had been a shelter that was housing roughly 120 people.
Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea refused to return to Libya, saying they'd been tortured. After more than a week, Libyan coast guards boarded the ship and put the migrants in detention.
Experts say nearly every woman migrating to Spain from Africa is sexually abused along the way. They sometimes arrive pregnant or with infants conceived on their journey, often a result of rape.
Far more immigrants and asylum-seekers are crossing the Spanish border than those entering other usual Mediterranean entry points Greece and Italy.
European leaders are looking to set up migrant holding sites outside the EU, following a controversial Australian precedent, writes an anthropologist who researches migration in North Africa.
The ship operated by a German charity languished at sea for nearly a week seeking permission to enter a port. The latest incident comes as the EU is set to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis.
Israel's plan to force African migrant men to choose between voluntarily leaving — with a $3,500 stipend — or be deported or jailed has sparked a backlash.