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Migrants on their way to Europe

Migrants from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia have been increasingly trying to reach the EU.

Migrants on their way to Europe
Syrian girl Tala (R) plays with her brother under the eyes of their mother after being reunited with her family at the airport of Thessaloniki on May 5, 2015. The 4-year-old Syrian girl had been found in January, taking shelter from the cold next to her father's body, by a farmer in northern Greece who was inspecting his water-pumping station, located some 300 metres from Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A group of migrants walks on a back road close to the railway line between the cities of Gevgelija and Demir Kapija in southern Macedonia, on May 5, 2015, as migrants from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia walk through Macedonia along train lines to reach Serbia as they head north from Greece in the hope of crossing the European Union border into Romania, Hungary and Croatia. At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train on April 24, 2015. In the past six months around a dozen migrants had been killed in similar incidents on the same stretch of line. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A group of immigrants pose as they walk on a back road close to the railway line between the cities of Gevgelija and Demir Kapija in southern Macedonia on May 5, 2015. Multiple accidents have caused the death of 27 immigrants in the past months in Macedonia. All of these casualties were from Syria and Afghanistan, countries from which the largest immigrant groups depart towards Europe. Of these victims, 14 were killed in a major train accident two weeks ago on the Veles-Skopje railway. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A group of migrants wave as they walk on a back road close to the railway line between the cities of Gevgelija and Demir Kapija in southern Macedonia on May 5, 2015, as migrants from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia walk through Macedonia along train lines to reach Serbia as they head north from Greece in the hope of crossing the European Union border into Romania, Hungary and Croatia. At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train on April 24, 2015. In the past six months around a dozen migrants had been killed in similar incidents on the same stretch of line. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A group of migrants walk on a back road close to the railway line between the cities of Gevgelija and Demir Kapija in southern Macedonia on May 5, 2015, as migrants from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia walk through Macedonia along train lines to reach Serbia as they head north from Greece in the hope of crossing the European Union border into Romania, Hungary and Croatia. At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train on April 24, 2015. In the past six months around a dozen migrants had been killed in similar incidents on the same stretch of line. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A group of migrants walk on a railroad tracks, a few kilometers from the Macedonian-Greek border in Gevgelijain, southern Macedonia on May 5, 2015, as migrants from impoverished and war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and central and south Asia walk through Macedonia along train lines to reach Serbia as they head north from Greece in the hope of crossing the European Union border into Romania, Hungary and Croatia. At least 14 migrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train on April 24, 2015. In the past six months around a dozen migrants had been killed in similar incidents on the same stretch of line. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A member of the Tunisia's national guard patrols the sea bordering Tunisia and Libya for vessels potentially carrying migrants trying to reach Europe on May 5, 2015 off the coast of Tunisia's southeast port of Zarzis. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A Tunisian fisherman repairs a fishing net on May 5, 2015 in Tunisia's southern port of Zarzis, near the border with Libya, a few weeks after he rescued immigrants off the coast of Tunisia who were trying to sail from Libya to Europe. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A woman holds her baby during a medical examination after disembarking from military ship 'Bettica' following a rescue operation of migrants at sea on May 5, 2015 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy. Italy reacted Monday to the arrival of thousands of new migrants at its southern ports by demanding that its European Union partners meet the cost of taking them in. Speaking after the weekend rescue of nearly 6,000 migrants in the Mediterranean, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said promises made at last month's EU summit after a migrant boat disaster left 750 dead had to be honoured. (AFP/Getty Images)
Migrants on their way to Europe
A Migrant holds a sign at the Jules Ferry day care center for migrant, on May 4, 2015 in the port city of Calais, northern France. Fences were installed last week at the port of Calais to prevent migrants from boarding on trucks heading to Britain. Migrants often try to cross the Channel to Britain, which they see as having a favourable asylum policy. (AFP/Getty Images)