The European Commission will propose a revision of the migration and asylum system. At the same time, the International Organization for Migration demands attention to the fundamental right to asylum.
Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies
The European Union has confirmed that an "EU migration and asylum pact" will be proposed to the 27 member states by autumn, in order to reach an agreement regarding the asylum and migrants allocation within the EU.
EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
The asylum claims within the EU have decreased after its peak in 2015. Due to the current political situation in Venezuela however, the number of asylum applications is slowly rising.
The European election campaign must not "paralyse" EU efforts to reform asylum rules which have split the bloc since the 2015 migration surge, commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos says.
Merkel's two-day visit came four months after Greece emerged from its third and final bailout package.