So far in 2017, about 100,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe. Many have no chance of attaining refugee status. Whoever returns home must face dashed hopes and build a new life.
German chancellor Angela Merkel says that letting in legal migrants from a UN program helps head off illegal migration. Her remarks were made before a meeting with UN High Commissioner on Refugees Filippo Grandi.
A German migration official is suspected of having granted asylum to some 1,200 migrants in exchange for bribes. Germany's migration agency has been under scrutiny since the arrival of over one million refugees in 2015.
Germany's new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, wants to open the first so-called "anchor center" in the autumn. Many migrants are to be housed there from arrival to deportation. But police are skeptical.
For months now, Iranian tourists have been able to enter Serbia visa-free. Once there, many hope to make their way through the Balkans to northern Europe. But for thousands of travelers, the dream ends in a refugee camp.
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