Fewer migrant arrivals mean fewer deaths in the Mediterranean. But that good news masks a disturbing trend - the rate of deaths in proportion to arrivals has never been higher, in part because NGOs have been forced to end their rescue operations.
Since 2014, NGOs have been conducting search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, saving the lives of those fleeing conflict and persecution. Currently, however, no more rescue ships operate in the Central Mediterranean. Why is that so?
Seventeen survivors of a shipwreck that took last November in the Mediterranean have filed an application before the European Court of Human Rights that accuses the Italian government complicity in torture and other rights violations.
A symbolic protest action was held in Zagreb on June 20 to mark World Refugee Day. The event included a tribute to the many thousands of refugees who have died trying to reach Europe and a call for more scrutiny of the EU's migration policies.
After Edward Snowden revealed confidential documents kept by the US National Security Agency, uncovering the data collection and monitoring of millions of people, whistleblowers have become a topic of public debate.
The Dutch House of Representatives has expressed support for a more humane European asylum policy, and in so doing has scrapped the plan of right-wing ruling party VVD to abolish the European asylum policy and close the European borders once and for all.