EU leaders clinch a migration deal during all-night talks that Italy's hardline new PM said meant his country was "no longer alone" in shouldering the responsibility for migrants.
Can EU leaders overcome rampant euroscepticism, deep divisions on migration and Britain's looming departure to show a common front at their next summit?
The number of asylum-seekers in the European Union whose applications were granted dropped by almost a quarter in 2017 to 538,000, official figures released has shown.
Italian politicians are capitalising on anti-migrant sentiment in the lead up to the election on March 4, but what are the key facts?
Reports of African migrants being tortured, killed and sold as slaves in Libya have caused a global outcry. The few who manage to escape the horrors carry deep physical and psychological scars.