Italy says Malta not taking in migrant ship is "inhumane"

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For migrants not entitled to asylum, they should be returned directly to their country of origin and not via other countries, Macron added.

The U.N.'s human rights chief says that Hungary's new legislation threatening to jail people helping refugees and asylum-seekers is "shameful and blatantly xenophobic".

Like everything to do with migrants in Europe lately, even this meeting is proving controversial.

Immigration figures are now much lower, with only 41,000 sea arrivals so far this year, according to United Nations data.

Fine weather in the Mediterranean, coupled with Spain's new softer stance on migration, has seen an uptick in the number of people attempting to cross into Europe from North Africa.

He also defended a proposal to create a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system, saying it would make the euro zone more resilient to economic shocks.

Also Thursday, the Seefuchs, another Dutch-flagged ship operated by the German charity Sea Eye, ended its sea rescue mission after the Dutch government said that it was no longer responsible for the vessel.

Merkel's stand-off with the CSU party leader, Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, has threatened the stability of her government.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition", he tweeted Monday.

Italy's government wants to deport half a million undocumented migrants, many of whom are housed in squalid reception centres. At least 220 drowning off the coast of Libya in the last two days while trying to reach Europe.

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Since 2015, the European Union has become more restrictive on asylum and tightened its external borders to let fewer people in.

Maltese Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia said on Friday that Salvini "should get his facts straight" and that Malta was not involved, as the rescue took place between Libya and Lampedusa.

After the talks he tweeted that Italy did not want to discuss "secondary movements" - referring to dealing with migrants already in Europe - without having addressed the "emergency" issue of the arrival of migrants on European Union soil "that Italy finds itself facing alone".

Italy's new populist government, comprised of a coalition between the League and the anti-establishment Five Star movement, has thrust Europe's migrant crisis to the forefront.

Roberto Saviano, author of the worldwide best-seller "Gomorrah", called Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "a buffoon" and "minister of the underworld", in response to statements that all government escorts would be reviewed to determine if they remained a necessity.

"But we will always have legitimate asylum seekers who are entitled to our help".

"In this situation you can't wait", he said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies on Wednesday took aim at her backing for a new eurozone budget, German media reported, opening up another front in their attack against her.

On Thursday, Mission Lifeline, a charity based in Dresden, Germany, pulled migrants off two rubber boats in global waters even though it was told by Italy that Libya's coastguard was coming to get them, a spokesman for the charity said. He added that the migrants will be transferred onto Italian coast guard boats.

"They are in bad conditions, not only medical conditions but (also) psychological conditions, and they really need urgent medical care and psychological care", UNHCR spokesman Marco Rotunno told Reuters.

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