Rescue vessels run by NGOs have saved thousands of lives on the Mediterranean Sea. But critics say their actions encourage smugglers. DW’s Lars Scholtyssyk accompanied a rescue mission in Sicily.
The Hungarian prime minister has promised a hefty tax on refugee aid organizations as he vies for a third term in office. He warned in his annual state of the nation address that Muslim immigration would destroy Europe.
The Italian coast guard has said it coordinated the rescue of some 800 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea. Seven children with water in the lungs were transferred to a hospital in Tunisia.
Frontex's new Operation Themis sends a political message to Italy's Mediterranean neighbors. More than 10 Frontex ships will be sailing through the sea for a year.
German police have carried out nationwide raids as part of a crackdown against an international migrant trafficking ring. Two people have been arrested in Berlin and one in the state of Saxony by the Polish border.
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