Hundreds of thousands of refugees see Turkey as the gateway to Europe. Around 3 million of them, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are stuck here. Pressure is growing either to provide for and integrate the refugees or deport them.
Overwhelmed by refugees, Italy has threatened to bar boats carrying migrants from its ports. EU interior ministers have agreed to develop a code of conduct for rescue ships. They are refusing to show any more solidarity.
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.
Worried about the refugee crisis? In Germany, there's a number you can call about that. A look at the man behind the hotline and the people who call in.
Media reports say more Turkish citizens are fleeing to Germany - especially Kurds. Asylum attorney Heiko Habbe thinks the German government is partially responsible for the situation.
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