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    Europe will continue observing its humanitarian obligations, though those refugees who have no right to stay in the European Union must return to their home countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014. Of these, more than one million net arrivals streamed into Germany, according to the German Federal Statistical Office.

    "We have common interests in the European Commission over return of refugees and we will introduce it into the European agenda. It mist be clear that we will stay committed to our humanitarian obligations, but we should say that those who have no right to stay must return home. Otherwise we will not be able to do what we want to do for those who have escaped from war," Merkel said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

    • A man and his daughter wait during a distribution of meals aboard the rescue ship Aquarius, on May 25, 2016 a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast.
      A man and his daughter wait during a distribution of meals aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", on May 25, 2016 a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast.
      © AFP 2020 / Gabriel Bouys
    • A refugee woman at the migrants camp in Chios, Greece.
      A refugee woman at the migrants camp in Chios, Greece.
      © Photo : Wassim Omar
    • Refugees walk from railway station in Hegyeshalom in Hungary toward the Austrian border.
      Refugees walk from railway station in Hegyeshalom in Hungary toward the Austrian border.
      © AFP 2020 / Vladimir Simicek
    • Claims of child abuse at an official EU refugee camp
      Claims of child abuse at an official EU refugee camp
    • Refugees from block 1070 in south-western Aleppo who received aid in a Sunday Orthodox School by an Orthodox church in Aleppo
      Refugees from block 1070 in south-western Aleppo who received aid in a Sunday Orthodox School by an Orthodox church in Aleppo
      © Sputnik / Michael Alaeddin
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    © AFP 2020 / Gabriel Bouys
    A man and his daughter wait during a distribution of meals aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", on May 25, 2016 a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast.

    Europe is struggling to find a solution to the massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa in order to reach stable and wealthy European countries, such as Germany and Sweden.

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