As part of a 10 part plan to tackle the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean European Council Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos proposed "fingerprinting" for all migrants and "rapid return" for irregular migrants.
The European Commission presented ministers with a 10-point plan for immediate action to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, including strengthening search and rescue operations, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.
Mohammed Ali Malek, presumed captain of this weekend's sunken migrant ship, showed little emotion as he appeared in court today.
As the politicians meet, a people smuggler scorned their efforts. The man insists he is helping desperate people out of dire situations.
Abdel Rahim Ali says his journey from Africa to Europe was fraught with hunger, incarceration and the regular threat of death.