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    • Italy extends deal with Libya to block migrants

      Italy extends deal with Libya to block migrants

      Italy has renewed a controversial agreement signed in 2017 with Libya to block illegal migrants trying to leave from the North African country's coast, news wires reported. Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio told parliament on Wednesday that the 2017 deal with Libya would be automatically extended for another three years from November.

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    • Greece imposes new tougher asylum rules to reduce migrants

      Greece imposes new tougher asylum rules to reduce migrants

      Under continuous migrant flow, Greece promised on Tuesday to further toughen asylum rules by reviewing asylum application procedure for migrants, expanding detention powers, and speeding up deportations as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in new arrivals, news wires reported. The 250-page draft legislation submitted to parliament also calls for tougher criteria in assessing asylum claims

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    • Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece is to step up border patrols, move asylum-seekers from islands to the mainland and speed up deportations in an effort to deal with a resurgence in migrant flows from neighbouring Turkey, news wires reported. A government’s unit convened on Saturday for an emergency session after the arrival on Thursday of more than a dozen boats carrying around 600 migrants, the first such arrival in three years.

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    • Italy envisages up to €1m fine for NGO ships

      Italy envisages up to €1m fine for NGO ships

      A League amendment to the Italian government's second security and migrants decree envisages fines ranging from €150,000 to €1m for NGO ships that fail to respect Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's closed-ports policy, sources told ANSA on Tuesday. This compares to existing fines of €10-50,000.

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    • US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      The United States and Mexico struck a deal on Friday to avert a tariff war, after Mexico agreed to rapidly expand a controversial asylum programme and to deploy security forces to stem the flow of illegal Central American migrants, news wires reported. The US President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

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    • Keeping migration under control

      Keeping migration under control

      Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission took stock of progress made over the past 4 years and set out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges, the EU press service reported. Faced with the most severe refugee crisis the world has seen since the Second World War, the EU managed to bring about a step change in migration management and border protection.

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    • Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

      Police in North Macedonia stopped during the weekend the separate incidents two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to the EU. Police said on Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.

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