Migrants heading for Europe from central African nations often pass through Niger, but the country also sees a steady flow of people who are heading back home. The UN has four transit centers in Niger to help returnees.
A UN migration official has accused Algeria of leaving hundreds of African migrants stranded in the desert. A report said migrants from 16 African countries are among those ditched in the Sahara with little water.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his long-awaited asylum "master plan." But he did not include the last-minute compromises made with coalition partners last week, which averted a government crisis.
Mediterranean countries are all in the same boat: they don't want ships carrying rescued refugees to dock at their ports. That approach poses a big problem for aid organizations. DW's Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
The EU says plans to return migrants rescued at sea to detention centers in North Africa won't lead to inhumane conditions. Rights groups fear that refugees won't be treated with dignity, citing migrant camps in Libya.
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