Italy's geographical position makes it a prime destination for asylum seekers crossing from North Africa to Europe

Italy recovers eight bodies from migrant boat

Italy's coastguard recovered the bodies of eight migrants in the Mediterranean, officials said Friday, as a debate rages over Rome's crackdown on rescue charities in the world's deadliest crossing.
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Migrants leave Sangatte community centre northern France

French police stop around 50 migrants on way to Britain

French police stopped close to 50 migrants on Tuesday from attempting to cross the English Channel to Britain after mild weather and calm waters led a growing number of people to undertake the dangerous journey in recent days.
Refugees wait outside at the main reception centre for asylum seekers, in Ter Apel

Dutch PM 'ashamed' of asylum failings as MSF steps in

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday said he was "ashamed" of problems at the country's centre for processing asylum requests as humanitarian group Medecins sans Frontieres sent in a team to assist with migrants' medical needs.