Migrant crisis at Europe's doorstep as Mediterranean crossings increase

April 17, 2015 8:57 PM

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Thousands of migrants have poured into Italy over the past week, attempting a risky and often deadly journey across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Europe.

Spring has brought a swift uptick in those making the treacherous crossing from northern Africa, but the European Union has yet to launch a comprehensive program to deal with the consistent influx of people.

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