Refugee arrivals in Germany plummet due to Balkan route closure

The monthly number of refugee arrivals through Germany's southern border has decreased by 93 per cent since January as a result of border closures along the Western Balkan route.

EU, Turkey set for "not entirely easy" attempt to seal migration deal

The European Union and Turkey will attempt Friday to agree a contentious new plan to stem migration flows to Europe, in talks that German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted would be "not entirely easy."

Smugglers working around NATO patrols in the Aegean, commander says

People smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece are changing their routes to avoid NATO vessels deployed to the Aegean Sea, and the flow of migrants to the Greek islands has not dropped, a commander said.

Macedonia returns migrants to Greece after "illegal" border crossing

Hundreds of migrants were back in Greece Tuesday, returned by Macedonian authorities a day after they left a refugee camp in Greece and crossed the sealed border.