The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released figures showing that more than a million migrants arrived in Europe this year. Some say the crisis is not merely a European problem but needs to be dealt with on a global scale.
False rumors about a safe passage to Europe have drawn a large number of migrants to Agadez – even from far-away Asian countries. This is putting pressure on the city as well as on migrant organizations on the ground.
The new legislation would criminalize illegal border crossings but aims to cut the waiting time on asylum applications. Migrant rights groups have called for the bill to be withdrawn, labeling it "too repressive."
There were three survivors when a smuggler's boat carrying over 90 people capsized off the coast of Libya. More than 6,600 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018, according to the IOM.
Israel has begun notifying African asylum seekers that they have two months to leave for an unnamed third country. Outrage over the plan has long simmered among liberal Israelis and international rights groups.
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