Operation Sophia, the EU's naval mission in the Mediterranean, aims to track down human smugglers and reduce loss of lives. Soldiers frequently end up helping refugees at risk of drowning.
The interior minister has ordered migrants in Riace be redistributed across Italy after its mayor was arrested. The mayor's vision was hailed across the globe as a model for reviving towns and integrating refugees.
Italy has warned Germany not to deport migrants back to Italy. Reports say the German state of Bavaria is preparing to send asylum-seekers back to Italy, insisting that the cases must be processed at the point of entry.
Italy and Austria have put forth a plan to process refugees on ships, with Austria's interior minister saying asylum-seekers would be "well looked after." Both governments support curbing immigration in their countries.
A row over accepting migrants took central stage during a meeting of European Union defense and foreign ministers. Italy is threatening to pull the plug if its demands are not met.
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