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EU agrees to immigration fix

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/29/18, 11:24 am

European Union leaders on Friday said they reached a breakthrough agreement in a response to the migration crisis after nearly 10 hours of talks at a summit in Brussels. The leaders proposed to start screening migrants in North African countries to determine if they’re eligible for asylum. The agreement also said EU nations would volunteer to host rescued migrants in control centers, where they will be screened and either deported or granted asylum. It remains unclear which nations within North Africa the EU will volunteer to help.

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Associated Press/Photo by Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee

Stranded migrants dock in Spain

International | The latest row highlights Europe’s struggle for good migration policy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/19/18, 04:13 pm

Spain allowed a ship with 630 migrants aboard to dock Sunday after it drifted at sea for a week while European countries argued over it fate. 

The Aquarius rescue ship, run by aid groups SOS Mediterranee Sea and Doctors Without Borders, sat stranded off the coast of Sicily after Italy and Malta refused to allow the boat to dock. The migrants included 630 people from 31 nations, 68 minors, and at least seven pregnant women. The ship finally docked in the Spanish city of Valencia.

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France, Italy to meet amid migration spat

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/14/18, 10:16 am

The leaders of France and Italy will meet Friday despite trading barbs after Italy refused to accept 629 migrants, leaving them stranded at sea. Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, prevented the boat filled with migrants rescued from the Mediterranean from entering Italian ports over the weekend. Malta also rejected the migrants, leaving them with no immediate place to go. The ship is now on its way to Spain after it agreed to take in the migrants.

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