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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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Slovakia’s Fico set for victory in EU’s anti-refugee east

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VICTORY. Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico is close to winning in Slovakia’s general elections, but may divide the country with his rhetoric. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP
The leftist populist Robert Fico is using anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric to clinch a win in Slovakia’s general elections

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (Mar. 5, 2016) — Slovaks were poised to hand leftist Premier Robert Fico victory in general elections Saturday, March 5, on the back of a staunch anti-refugee rhetoric.

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EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

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CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA
New official figures show that a record 1.2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 5, 2016) — EU president Donald Tusk struck an unusually upbeat note on the migrant crisis Friday, March 4 as Turkey raised the possibility of taking back non-Syrian asylum seekers.

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EU plans to restore Schengen free travel by end-2016

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The plan was announced as figures showed that a record 1.25 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015, more than double the figure from the previous year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 4, 2016)— The European Union on Friday, March 4, unveiled a “roadmap” to end border controls reintroduced by member states because of the migrant crisis and restore by year’s end the Schengen passport-free travel area.

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EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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