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Refugee and Migration Crisis: Operation Sophia modernised its mandate

Member states modified on Tuesday European Union’s counter-smuggling Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea. Operation Sophia’s mandate was due to finalise by the end of March but under the new agreement of the 28 states, the operation was renewed for additional six months.

Greek coast guard rescues migrants Off Samos

The Greek Coast Guard rescued at least 44 migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Wednesday who had come over the sea by dinghy from the Turkish coast.

Tanker picks up 29 migrants south of Crete

A tanker picked up 29 migrants on a boat in distress off the island of Gavdos, south of Crete. The migrants had called the European assistance number (112).