A 59-page internal EU report provides a bleak overview of a country seen as vital in stemming migration flows towards Italy.
Not only Donald Trump but also Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Hungary's Viktor Orban and Norway's Siv Jensen have been bashing Sweden over its once liberal migration policy in recent years.
The EU's border and coast guard agency says NGOs and others conducting search and rescue operations near Libya are helping criminals "achieve their objectives at minimum cost."
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Politicians have a duty to their citizens to inform them about migration and to combat the wave of hearsay and fear.
An EU-financed centre for unaccompanied minors in Athens is one of the best-run ones in Greece, but the slow pace of relocation and reunification is forcing some to leave.
People arriving in Italy from Libya are avoiding Austria's tight border controls and are instead heading towards Switzerland.
Local authorities from Tripoli and Zintan in Libya say they have no interest in stopping migrants to help out the EU.
EU states ought to grant humanitarian visas to people in need, an EU court advisor has said, after Belgium refused permits for a Christian family from Aleppo.
The Baltic port would like to become a city of solidarity with refugees. But its efforts are being blocked by ruling Law and Justice.
Migrants stranded in Greece have begun a hunger strike to attract attention to miserable conditions in their camps.
EU leaders endorsed an Italian deal with Libya to help the North African country stem the flow of people, and pledged €200 million to help its coastguard patrol the seas in an effort to curb migration.
Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni and his Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Serraj signed a deal in Rome to curb migration flows and crack down on people smuggling ahead of an EU summit in Malta.
New US president Trump overshadows the Malta summit of EU leaders on Friday, as they discuss the bloc's future amid new geopolitical realities, and step up efforts to stop migration via Libya from North African countries.
Some 2,000 people protested in The Hague against the US travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, but also threw in some anti-Wilders slogans.
EU leaders will pledge greater help to Libya's government in an effort to reduce the number of migrants, according to a draft document seen by this website.
Swedish liberal MEP Cecilia Wikstroem, the European Parliament's negotiator on asylum reform, says it is too complicated to fine member states for not taking refugees and will instead look for ways to withhold their EU funds instead.
EU ministers struggled to reach common ground on solidarity mechanisms as they grappled with reforming the EU's asylum system.
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The EU commission has earmarked €200 million to enhance surveillance and better train the Libyan coastguard to stop migrants coming to Europe.
Migration chief Avramopoulos said Libyan authorities are playing deaf to EU overtures. Cooperation with other African states "limited" and "unpredictable".
European policy-makers are increasingly talking about emulating Australia's offshore asylum system, but that system is morally bankrupt, prohibitively expensive and politically disastrous.
Germany's development minister unveiled a 33-page plan to increase private investment and shore up development aid for African states.
The UN's refugee agency is having to deal with burdensome administration in Turkey to track and monitor the fate of Syrians returned from Greece under the EU migrant deal.
For the Mediterranean country that just took the EU presidency, the migration crisis is still there and must be addressed internally and externally.
The Maltese EU presidency said a "similar approach" to the Turkey deal could stop migrants coming from Libya, but the UN said the plan was a non-starter.
EU citizens should be barred from taking jobs if a qualified Austrian has applied to the same position, says Austria's centre-left chancellor.
In its first ever EU presidency, the smallest member state aims to reduce the "huge disconnect" between politicians and citizens.
Italy becomes first Western country to reopen an embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli, in a bid to crack down on migrant smuggling and departures.
Germany is preparing to send people back to Greece with the EU's blessing, even though the EU commission has described snow-covered migrant camps on Greek islands as "untenable".
Over 7,600 asylum claims were registered in Greece last November. The figure is almost seven times more than the monthly average in 2015.
Austria's defence minister is proposing a radical overhaul of the EU asylum rules, including offshoring the asylum process and imposing limits on EU state intakes.
Local authorities and NGOs have a wealth of experience and knowledge in migration and asylum issues. EU institutions should draw on these resources.
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