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Immigration

Seeking Asylum by Sea - 01 Oct 2013
A selection of our best images relating to immigrants who seek asylum by sea.
INDONESIA-SINKING/
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September 28, 2013
A youth stands near a piece of wreckage of a boat which sank off the Indonesian coast, at Agrabinta beach...
multiple cities, Indonesia
A youth stands near a piece of wreckage of a boat which sank off the Indonesian coast, at Agrabinta beach...
A youth stands near a piece of wreckage of a boat which sank off the Indonesian coast, at Agrabinta beach on the outskirts of Sukabumi, Indonesia's West Java province September 28, 2013. The boat carrying migrants to Australia sank off the Indonesian coast on Friday, killing at least 21 people, Indonesian police said, a sign that Australia's tough new immigration rules may not be enough to deter would-be asylum seekers. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)
MYANMAR-VIOLENCE/
RTR33THS
June 18, 2012
Rohingyas from Myanmar cry after being arrested by Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) while trying to...
Teknaf, Bangladesh
Rohingyas from Myanmar cry after being arrested by Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) while trying to...
Rohingyas from Myanmar cry after being arrested by Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) while trying to get into Bangladesh, in Teknaf June 18, 2012. An unknown number of people fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine region are adrift in boats on the Naf River and some have been turned back by Bangladeshi border authorities, according to the United Nations refugee agency. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
POPE-IMMIGRATION/
RTXTUP0
October 25, 2010
Would-be immigrants look out of a window from a fishing ship as they arrive at Catania harbour on the...
Catania, Italy
Would-be immigrants look out of a window from a fishing ship as they arrive at Catania harbour on the...
Would-be immigrants look out of a window from a fishing ship as they arrive at Catania harbour on the southern island of Sicily October 26, 2010. States must treat migrants with dignity but have the right to regulate immigration and defend their borders, Pope Benedict said on Tuesday.
The pope made his comments in his message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Migrants and Refugees, touching on a subject that has caused tensions between the church and governments in European countries including France and Italy. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
ITALY/
RTR2JK3V
March 07, 2011
Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa March 7, 2011. Hundreds...
Lampedusa, Italy
Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa
Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa March 7, 2011. Hundreds of Tunisian migrants continued arriving in Lampedusa on boats of various sizes throughout the early hours on Monday. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello ( ITALY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDONESIA-BOATPEOPLE/
RTXQ0T4
October 26, 2009
Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, part of the group of 260 who were detained by the Indonesian Navy, shout...
Cilegon, Indonesia
Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka shout slogans on their boat at Cilegon harbour in Indonesia's Banten province...
Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, part of the group of 260 who were detained by the Indonesian Navy, shout slogans on their boat as they call on the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to take care of them, at Cilegon harbour in Indonesia's Banten province October 26, 2009. Another 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers rescued by an Australian customs vessel in Indonesian waters are to be taken to a detention centre on the Indonesian island of Bintan, an official said on Monday. REUTERS/Dadang Tri (INDONESIA SOCIETY CONFLICT POLITICS)
SPAIN/
RTR25MSU
July 13, 2009
A would-be immigrant with sunburnt lips rests after arriving at the port of Arguineguin on Spain's Canary...
Mogan, Spain
A would-be immigrant with sunburnt lips rests after arriving at the port of Arguineguin on Spain's Canary...
A would-be immigrant with sunburnt lips rests after arriving at the port of Arguineguin on Spain's Canary Island of Gran Canaria, July 13, 2009. Some 64 would-be immigrants, six of whom could be minors, were intercepted aboard a fishing boat on their way to European soil from Africa, according to local authorities. REUTERS/Borja Suarez (SPAIN SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDONESIA/
RTXPNV2
October 15, 2009
Detained Sri Lankan asylum seekers sit in their wooden boat on an Indonesian navy ship in Cilegon harbour,...
Cilegon, Indonesia
Detained Sri Lankan asylum seekers sit in their wooden boat on an Indonesian navy ship in Cilegon harbour,...
Detained Sri Lankan asylum seekers sit in their wooden boat on an Indonesian navy ship in Cilegon harbour, Indonesia's Banten province, October 15, 2009, as they hold signs threatening to go on a hunger strike if they are prevented from entering Australia. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he phoned Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as weekend intelligence reports pinpointed a boat carrying 260 Sri Lankans headed for Australia through the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands. Australia is seeing the biggest stream of asylum seeker arrivals for seven years, forcing Rudd to defend border protection policies and seek transit nation Indonesia's assistance. REUTERS/Dadang Tri (INDONESIA SOCIETY POLITICS)
SPAIN/
RTXAQ8X
November 19, 2008
A would-be immigrant rests after his arrival at the port of Los Cristianos on Spain's Canary island of...
PUERTO LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
A would-be immigrant rests after his arrival at the port of Los Cristianos on Spain's Canary island of...
A would-be immigrant rests after his arrival at the port of Los Cristianos on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife November 18, 2008. Some 136 would-be immigrants, 5 who were minors, were intercepted aboard a make-shift boat on their way to European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
RTX9L1B
October 15, 2008
A would-be immigrant looks around after their fishing boat arrived ashore on the San Blas beach on Spain's...
SAN MIGUEL DE ABONA, Spain
A would-be immigrant looks around after arrivin to San Blas beach on Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife...
A would-be immigrant looks around after their fishing boat arrived ashore on the San Blas beach on Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife, October 15, 2008. Some 69 would-be immigrants arrived on the beach aboard a fishing boat on their way to European soil from Africa, according to local authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
RTX92AU
September 30, 2008
A would-be immigrant is carried away on a stretcher after arriving to Los Cristianos port on Spain's...
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
would-be immigrant is carried away on a stretcher after arriving to Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands...
A would-be immigrant is carried away on a stretcher after arriving to Los Cristianos port on Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife early September 30, 2008. Some 229 would-be immigrants were rescued by Spanish rescue workers after being intercepted aboard a fishing boat adrift some 60 miles (96.5 km) offshore on their way to European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
RTX92XV
September 30, 2008
Local residents give water to a would-be immigrant after their fishing boat arrived ashore on the Pozo...
Santa Lucia, Spain
Residents give water to would-be immigrant after their boat landed on Canary Island of Gran Canaria
Local residents give water to a would-be immigrant after their fishing boat arrived ashore on the Pozo Izquierdo beach on Spain's Canary Island of Gran Canaria, September 30, 2008. Some 96 would-be immigrants arrived on the beach onboard a fishing boat on their way to European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Borja Suarez (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
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September 18, 2008
Would-be immigrants sit on a fishing boat while arriving at Arguineguin port in the Spanish Canary Island...
ARGUINEGUIN, Spain
Would-be immigrants sit on a fishing boat while arriving at Arguineguin port in the Spanish Canary Island...
Would-be immigrants sit on a fishing boat while arriving at Arguineguin port in the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria, September 18, 2008. Some 86 would-be immigrants were spotted five miles south of Gran Canaria island and towed into port on their way to reaching European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Borja Suarez (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
RTX8BPU
September 02, 2008
Would-be immigrants rest upon arriving at El Duque beach in the Spanish Canary Islands of Tenerife early...
Tenerife, Spain
Would-be immigrants rest upon arriving at El Duque beach in the Spanish Canary Islands of Tenerife
Would-be immigrants rest upon arriving at El Duque beach in the Spanish Canary Islands of Tenerife early September 2, 2008. Around 62 persons, who reached the beach aboard a makeshift boat from Africa, were helped by rescue workers after they landed in European soil. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
MALTA/
RTR20A69
May 06, 2008
A young would-be immigrant sits on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat at the AFM...
Valletta, Malta
Young would-be immigrant sits on deck of Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at Haywharf in Valletta's...
A young would-be immigrant sits on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour May 7, 2008. Twelve would-be immigrants were rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta when their dinghy was intercepted 24 nautical miles south of Malta while on their way to reach European soil from Africa. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA)
SPAIN/
RTR2098E
May 06, 2008
Would-be immigrants rest after arriving at Los Cristianos port on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife May...
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
Would-be immigrants rest after arriving in Tenerife
Would-be immigrants rest after arriving at Los Cristianos port on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife May 6, 2008. Some 66 would-be immigrants were intercepted aboard a fishing boat on their way to European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
RTR1ZH2A
April 14, 2008
A Spanish police officer leads would-be immigrants upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in the Spain's...
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
A Spanish police officer leads would-be immigrants upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in Tenerife...
A Spanish police officer leads would-be immigrants upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in the Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife late April 13, 2008. Around 33 people were intercepted aboard a makeshift boat on their way to reach European soil from Africa. Picture taken on April 13, 2008. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN/
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December 05, 2007
Would-be immigrants arrive at Las Vistas beach on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife December 5, 2007....
Tenerife, Spain
Would-be immigrants arrive at Las Vistas beach on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife
Would-be immigrants arrive at Las Vistas beach on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife December 5, 2007. Some 92 would-be immigrants were intercepted aboard two fishing boats on their way to European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
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SPAIN/
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September 30, 2007
Would-be immigrants sit on a boat upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in the Spanish Canary Islands...
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
Would-be immigrants sit on a boat upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in the Spanish Canary Islands...
Would-be immigrants sit on a boat upon their arrival at Los Cristianos port in the Spanish Canary Islands of Tenerife September 30, 2007. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero
ITALY-IMMIGRANTS/
RTR1OJTP
April 11, 2007
An Italian Carabiniere watches as a fishing ship carrying at least 230 illegal immigrants from north...
Licata, Italy
Fishing ship carrying illegal immigrants from north Africa arrives in Licata harbour on the southern...
An Italian Carabiniere watches as a fishing ship carrying at least 230 illegal immigrants from north Africa arrives in Licata harbour on the southern island of Sicily April 12, 2007. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello (ITALY)
MAURITANIA/
RTR1MEID
February 14, 2007
Would -be immigrants rest inside a dock building at the port of Nouadhibou, February 14, 2007. A boat...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Would -be immigrants rest inside a dock building at the port of Nouadhibou
Would -be immigrants rest inside a dock building at the port of Nouadhibou, February 14, 2007. A boat carrying up to 400 African and Asian migrants docked in northern Mauritania on Monday and began disembarking its passengers into Spanish police custody, witnesses said. The operation in the Mauritanian port of Nouadhibou had been agreed between Mauritania's government and Spain, whose coastguard intercepted the battered Marine 1 freighter off West Africa as it headed towards the Spanish Canary islands. REUTERS/Juan Medina (MAURITANIA)
SPAIN/
RTR1KMVU
December 22, 2006
Would-be immigrants wait in a fishing boat after arriving at the port of Los Cristianos in Spain's Canary...
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain
Would-be immigrants wait in a fishing boat after arriving at the port of Los Cristianos in Spain's Canary...
Would-be immigrants wait in a fishing boat after arriving at the port of Los Cristianos in Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife, December 22, 2006. About 106 would-be immigrants were intercepted aboard a fishing boat on their way to reaching European soil from Africa, according to authorities. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN)
SPAIN
RTR1H0JN
September 05, 2006
A sun-bather watches as would-be immigrants arrive at the port of Los Cristianos after they were intercepted...
Arona, Spain
Sun-bather watches as would-be immigrants arrive at the port of Los Cristianos after being intercepted...
A sun-bather watches as would-be immigrants arrive at the port of Los Cristianos after they were intercepted off Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife September 5, 2006. Around 174 would-be immigrants were intercepted aboard two fishing boats on their way to reach European soil from Africa, according to local authorities. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN)
SPAIN
RTR1D3QY
May 04, 2006
A would-be immigrant crawls after his arrival on a makeshift boat on the Gran Tarajal beach in Spain's...
Fuerteventura, Spain
A would-be immigrant crawls on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura, Spain
A would-be immigrant crawls after his arrival on a makeshift boat on the Gran Tarajal beach in Spain's Canary Island, May 5, 2006. Some 38 would-be immigrants arrived at the beach on a makeshift boat and some 39 were intercepted on a makeshift boat off Spain's Canary Island of Fuerteventura on their way to reach European soil from Africa. REUTERS/Juan Medina
SPAIN
RTR1D3QZ
May 04, 2006
A would-be immigrant is attended by a member of the Red Cross after his arrival on a makeshift boat on...
Fuerteventura, Spain
A would-be immigrant is attended by a Red Cross worker on a beach after his arrival in Fuerteventura,...
A would-be immigrant is attended by a member of the Red Cross after his arrival on a makeshift boat on the Gran Tarajal beach in Spain's Canary Island, May 5, 2006. Some 38 would-be immigrants arrived at the beach on a makeshift boat and some 39 were intercepted on a makeshift boat off Spain's Canary Island of Fuerteventura on their way to reach European soil from Africa.REUTERS/Juan Medina
MALTA
RTRPDOU
September 25, 2005
Armed Forces of Malta marines (R) negotiate with a group of around 180 illegal immigrants as a rescue...
Valletta, Malta
Armed Forces of Malta marines negotiate with a group of around 180 illegal immigrants southwest of Malta...
Armed Forces of Malta marines (R) negotiate with a group of around 180 illegal immigrants as a rescue operation gets underway after their vessel ran into engine trouble, some 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Malta September 25, 2005. The number of illegal immigrants reaching Maltese shores has reaches crisis proportions and the Maltese government has launched intensive diplomatic efforts to get aid from other European Union countries to deal with the worsening problem, according to military and government officials. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE:GF2EA9P19ZG01
SPAIN
RTRC1EG
May 22, 2005
A would-be immigrant is covered by a red blanket as he waits to be transferred in the southern Spanish...
Tarifa, Spain
A would-be immigrant waits to be transfered after being intercepted in Spain.
A would-be immigrant is covered by a red blanket as he waits to be transferred in the southern Spanish port of Tarifa May 22, 2005. Around 35 immigrants were intercepted while trying to cross the Straits of Gibraltar in a small makeshift boat. The Spanish authorities last year intercepted 740 boats carrying 15,675 illegal immigrants in the areas of the Straits of Gilbraltar and the Canary Islands.REUTERS/Anton Meres SP/FA
SPAIN
RTR9VS5
May 01, 2005
Would-be immigrants sit on a Spanish police boat after being intercepted off the coast of Fuerteventura,...
Fuerteventura, Spain
Would-be migrants sit on a police boat after being intercepted off the coast of Fuerteventura, Spain....
Would-be immigrants sit on a Spanish police boat after being intercepted off the coast of Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Islands, May 1, 2005. Around 70 people were intercepted aboard two makeshift boats on their way to reach European soil from Africa. Picture taken May 1, 2005. REUTERS/Juan Medina Pictures of the month May 2005 ACO/JK
SPAIN
RTRFNWP
November 12, 2004
African would-be immigrants try to climb aboard a Spanish civil guard vessel after their makeshift boat...
Fuerteventura, Spain
African immigrants are rescued at sea from their capsized makeshift boat off the Spanish Canary Islands....
African would-be immigrants try to climb aboard a Spanish civil guard vessel after their makeshift boat capsized during a rescue operation at sea off the coast of Fuerteventura November 12, 2004.Their boat, carrying some 36 immigrants, overturned as the civil guards' vessel manouevered to rescue them off Fuerteventura, the closest of Spain's Canary Islands to the African coast. Some 29 were rescued and seven disappeared. REUTERS/Juan Medina FR05070011 pictures of the month November 2004 PH/acm also see: GF2E44P11ED01
SPAIN
RTRD0XA
October 09, 2004
Illegal immigrants rest on a beach after arriving on a makeshift boat in Fuerteventura, one of Spain's...
Fuerteventura, Spain
Illegal immigrants rest after reaching Fuerteventura.
Illegal immigrants rest on a beach after arriving on a makeshift boat in Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Islands, October 10, 2004. About 25 sub-Saharan Africans were inside the boat. REUTERS/Juan Medina Pictures of the Month October 2004 Pictures of the Year 2004 AC/ABP
SPAIN
RTR90MK
August 21, 2004
Swimmers carrying a body, walk past more bodies of dead would-be immigrants on the Fuerteventura coast...
Fuerteventura, Spain
Swimmers carrying a body, walk past more bodies of dead would-be immigrants on the Fuerteventura.
Swimmers carrying a body, walk past more bodies of dead would-be immigrants on the Fuerteventura coast August 21, 2004. Four African immigrants died after their makeshift boat capsized in the waters off Canary Islands as they attempted to reach Spanish soil. REUTERS/Juan Medina FR05070011 SP/THI
SPAIN
RTR5K4N
June 29, 2004
An African would-be immigrant is helped by a Red Cross doctor after being ship-wrecked on a beach in...
Fuerteventura, Spain
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IS HELPED BY A RED CROSS DOCTOR AFTER LANDING IN FUERTEVENTURA.
An African would-be immigrant is helped by a Red Cross doctor after being ship-wrecked on a beach in Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Islands, late June 29, 2004. Two makeshift boats, with around 72 persons on board, ran onto the rocks on the coast of Fuerteventura, the closest of Spain's Canary Islands to the African coast.REUTERS/Juan Medina SP/AA
SPAIN
RTR7JVC
November 23, 2003
Illegal immigrants from Africa lie exhausted on the beach of "El Caracol" (The Snail) in Fuerteventura,...
Fuerteventura, Spain
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM AFRICA LIE EXHAUSTED ON THE BEACH AFTER ARRIVING TO SPAIN'S CANARY ISLANDS.
Illegal immigrants from Africa lie exhausted on the beach of "El Caracol" (The Snail) in Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, November 23, 2003. Some 65 immigrants were detained as they arrived at the beach on two overloaded boats from Africa. Fuerteventura is the nearest of the Canary Islands to the African coast. Pictures of the year 2003. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Juan Medina FR05070011 Pictures of the month November 2003 SV/WS
SPAIN
RTR81Q1
December 02, 2003
Immigrants from Africa lie covered in blankets in the headquarters of the Spanish Civil Guard in Gran...
Fuerteventura, Spain
AN AFRICAN IMMIGRANT LIES COVERED WITH A BLANKET IN FUERTEVENTURA.
Immigrants from Africa lie covered in blankets in the headquarters of the Spanish Civil Guard in Gran Tarajal, on the island of Fuerteventura in Spain's Canary Islands after a group of immigrants was intercepted trying to reach Spanish soil on a frail boat early December 2, 2003. Fuerteventura is the nearest of the Canary Islands to the African coast. REUTERS/Juan Medina REUTERS pictures of the month december 2003 PH/FMS
FUERTEVENTURA
RTRG07R
January 01, 2003
The body of a dead immigrant, who drowned after his makeshift boat capsized, lies covered on El Matorral...
Fuerteventura, Spain
The body of a dead immigrant lies on El Matorral beach in Fuerteventura.
The body of a dead immigrant, who drowned after his makeshift boat capsized, lies covered on El Matorral beach in Fuerteventura, Spain, as beachgoers walk along in the background, January 1, 2003. REUTERS/Juan Medina FR05070011 AS/KY
YEAREND PICTURES
RTRCHQE
October 07, 2002
Coast guards rescue an illegal immigrant from the sea off the coast of
southern Spanish town of Barbate...
Barbate, Spain
YEAREND PICTURES 2002.
Coast guards rescue an illegal immigrant from the sea off the coast of
southern Spanish town of Barbate October 8, 2002. A boat carrying
scores of world-be immigrants from Africa overturned off the coast of
Spain, leaving at least seven dead and two missing, authorities said.
Among the dead were one Moroccan man and six women from sub-Saharan
Africa, including some who were pregnant. REUTERS/Anton Meres

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