They cross the Sahara, reach Libya and then end up in a detention camp instead of on a boat to Europe. The International Organization for Migration helped release over 160 young Gambians and bring them home.
A migrant rescue ship has been seized in Italy for refusing to hand over rescued migrants to Libya. The NGO said that would have been illegal, and insisted that the rescue took place legally in international waters.
The EU has unlocked €3 billion ($3.7 billion) for projects to help Syrian refugees in Turkey in a second payment from the 2016 migration deal. More than a million refugees have already benefited from the funds.
A boat carrying up to 22 people on board has capsized near the island of Agathonissi, killing six children. The Greek migration minister has called on authorities to "implement safe procedures and safe routes."
Some 500,000 more people moved to Germany than left in 2016, Germany's statistics office says. The figure is less than half that of the previous year.
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