In 2015, 1.3 million people - over double the number of previous years - from the Middle East and North Africa applied for asylum within the EU. A new study identifies the lack of prospects as a key driver of migration.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
European and African leaders have met to discuss a "new relationship" to help stem illegal immigration. EU nations want to offer African nations aid - and possibly legal migration "hot spots" - in return for their help.
The Bahraini government recently shuttered the country's only independent newspaper. Exiled journalist Nazeeha Saeed writes that the media can no longer hold the region's leaders accountable.
The EU's executive has unveiled plans to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, focusing on people from northern Africa, to bypass smugglers. Europe is struggling to distribute thousands of migrants already in the bloc.
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