The asylum claims within the EU have decreased after its peak in 2015. Due to the current political situation in Venezuela however, the number of asylum applications is slowly rising.
The Maltese armed forces announced that they had rescued 100 passengers and recovered two bodies from a boat that was about to drown.
A Spanish migrant rescue boat that has been rejected by Italy and Malta has docked in Spain amid a heated debate over which countries will accept the 87 refugees on board.
Germany's interior minister is pressing ahead with controversial plans to hold asylum seekers in centres until their right to stay is determined.