When refugees fleeing Syria set off on their journey to northern Europe, there are no guarantees they will make it as far as Austria and Germany. Reports suggest that four boats sank in Greek waters on Wednesday, with dozens missing.
Rescue operations are "the obligation of all those who are at sea," says the EU's border control boss. In a DW interview, he describes the huge challenges the EU faces in a situation that means life or death every day.
A district court in Germany has convicted three Syrian smugglers to several years imprisonment. The trial centered on the deaths of 13 refugees in the Mediterranean.
Since the closure of the Balkan route, many refugees who arrived on the shores of Greece are trapped in overcrowded camps without any prospects. A report from Fabian Pianka, who visited the Greek hotspot in Samos.
Some 40 migrants, including children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast. Tens of thousands of desperate people continue to risk their lives for a chance at a better life in Europe.
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