Thousands of people have died in the quest to reach Europe through dangerous means. Despite diverse efforts by African and EU governments to curb migration, little has changed as more people try to reach Europe even at the peril of their lives.
Migrants using traditional routes from Africa to Europe often fail to reach their destinations. Smugglers now offer new options, such as taking migrants to faraway countries by plane.
Thousands of African migrants trying to get to Europe end up trapped in Libya. Often they endure abuse, and some are even sold into slavery. DW's Migration Dilemma series looks at why people risk the journey.
Smugglers are turning to perilous routes through the desert, or even dumping those hoping to reach North Africa. DW visited the transit hub of Agadez where efforts are being made to rescue migrants lost in the Sahara.
A dinner and two rounds of talks: The first summit between the EU and the Arab League will leave leaders plenty of time for networking. Decisions on Syria? Unlikely, reports Bernd Riegert from Sharm el-Sheikh.
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