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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SERENE ASSIR Syrian refugees and migrants walk in a field to cross the border between Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia on August 29, 2015. When an Iraqi refugee couple who survived a hellish journey through the Balkans crossed the border into Germany with their baby, they celebrated that their dream of a "beautiful life" far from bombs seemed finally within reach. On the plush train from Vienna that refugees, businessmen and tourists shared, Ahmad and Alia from Baghdad laughed as they looked back on their nightmarish week-long odyssey from Turkey to Greece, then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. All their difficulties, they hoped, were behind them now, the LCD route map on the evening train showing they were inside Germany and out of danger. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)
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Europe still mired in division after migrant crisis

Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies
An asylum seeker is waiting to take a ferry from the port of Mitilini to Athens in Greece. Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
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EU Commission’s long-awaited migration reform plan expected September

The European Union has confirmed that an "EU migration and asylum pact" will be proposed to the 27 member states by autumn, in order to reach an agreement regarding the asylum and migrants allocation within the EU.
Recognised refugees families and their children stage a protest outside the UNHCR offices in Athens on May 29, 2020 against planned evictions from their places of shelter. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
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Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Abdelkader and his family are among thousands of refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under a Greek housing scheme in order to make room for other asylum seekers
Inhabitants hold a banner reading "Patriotic Movement of Pieria" outside the town hall in Makrygialos, some 460km north of Athens, during a protest on February 17, 2020 against the creation of a migrant hosting centre.
Inhabitants hold a banner reading "Patri […]

On Greek mainland, locals stonewall migrant relocations

The village of Makrygialos is one of many areas in mainland Greece where the government is locked in a tug of war with local communities over the housing of migrants
Some of the migrants who were stuck on a ship since their rescue in the Mediterranean 10 days ago disembark in Valletta, Malta on April 13, 2019 after four European countries agreed to take them in. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli / AFP
Some of the migrants who were stuck on a […]

EU powers push for uptake of migrant relocation pilot scheme

EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
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