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Europe's migrant crisis

Updated 2337 GMT (0737 HKT) June 7, 2015
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Migrants wait to disembark from the German navy ship Hessen in Palermo, Italy, on Sunday, June 7. European rescue boats are bringing thousands of migrants to safety as they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea. There has been a surge in the number of migrants making the dangerous journey toward Europe's shores. Alessandro Fucarini/AP
Soldiers from the German frigate Hessen help refugees in the Mediterranean on Saturday, June 6. Alexander Gottschalk/Bundeswehr/AP
German soldiers from the Hessen rescue refugees in the Mediterranean on June 6. Alexander Gottschalk/Bundeswehr/AP
Libyan coast guard personnel watch over migrants after the Libyan navy escorted their vessel to the capital, Tripoli, on June 6. MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images
Libyan coast guard members escort a boat carrying migrants, who had hoped to set off to Europe with the help of smugglers, from the coastal town of Garabulli, Libya, on June 6. MAHMUD TURKIAMAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images
Migrants are rescued from the Aegean Sea, off the coast of the Greek island of Rhodes, on Monday, April 20. Greek authorities said that at least three people died after their wooden boat ran aground. Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi/AP
Italian Coast Guard officers carry the body of a dead migrant off a ship in Valletta, Malta, on April 20. A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast as rescuers approached on Saturday, April 18, causing what could be the Mediterranean Sea's deadliest known migrant tragedy. Hundreds of migrants are believed to have perished as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Lino Azzopardi/AP
Women in Catania, Italy, leave flowers near the Italian Coast Guard ship Gregretti in memory of migrant shipwreck victims on April 20. Recent incidents have intensified pressure on the European Union to meet demands for decisive action. Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images
A young migrant is carried in the harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, on April 20. About 100 migrants, including dozens of children, were rescued on Sunday, April 19, by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait. Alessandra Tarantino/AP
A migrant is helped from the Italian Coast Guard ship Gregretti on April 20. Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images
Migrants wait to board a cruise ship as they leave the Italian island of Lampedusa on Friday, April 17. Francesco Malavolta/AP
Shipwrecked migrants sit on the deck of a rescue vessel as they arrive in the Italian port of Augusta on Thursday, April 16. GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescued migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Reggio Calabria, Italy, on Tuesday, April 14. The European Union is expected to unveil a new strategy aimed at tackling the migrant wave in late May. Adriana Sapone/AP