The Latest: Spain rescues 3 migrants, searches for 49 others

VIENNA — The Latest on Europe’s response to the influx of migrants and asylum-seekers (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has rescued three migrants from a deflated rubber boat that is believed to have set sail from Morocco with 52 people aboard.

The service said Tuesday the three young men from sub-Saharan countries were rescued close to Spain’s western Mediterranean island of Alboran, located between Spain and Morocco. It says it has been searching for the boat since Sunday.

The survivors said they had been adrift for several days.

One rescue boat is continuing the search for more survivors.

So far this year, aid agencies say at least 2,169 migrants have died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in small and often unseaworthy smugglers’ boats.

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4:45 p.m.

The European Union’s executive is pressing for more urgent help to alleviate the pressure on Italy as it struggles to take in and process tens of thousands of desperate migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

The Commission said it will mobilize at least 80 million euros ($90 million) for projects in Libya and Italy to stem the relentless flow of migrants seeking to make the dangerous crossing. And it called on countries in the 28-nation bloc to do more to help Italy by accepting more migrants for relocation and by giving more money for an EU-Africa

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-pope-endorses-news-initiative-to-inform-migrants/2017/07/04/0c6ef686-60aa-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html

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