The European Union has approved a trust fund to help stem the migrant flow from Africa. DW spoke to Yves Pascouau, Director of Migration and Mobility Policies at the European Policy Centre to hear his views.
Doctors Without Borders says "hostility" from Libya has forced it to suspend offshore rescues of boat migrants by its ship, Prudence. Libya recently told non-governmental groups to stay away.
Libya is a poor, politically unstable country. That poses problems for its maritime search and rescue service, whose employees are badly paid - and see how profitable people smuggling can be.
Thousands of migrants have been embarking on a perilous journey to the Mediterranean - their fate is determined by refugee rescue ships and government policy in Europe. Who are the major players involved?
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