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Europe's migration test

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 01:43

Europe faces harsh test in struggle to find common cause on migration as Sweden copes with migrant crisis as Germany's Merkel appeals for ''balance.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A rescue mission in the Mediterranean. Part of a multi day operation by the Italian coast guard that saved the lives of more than 1,200 people. It's a snap shot as Europe faces a harsh test in the struggle to find common cause on migration. In Sweden, police stand outside an asylum center where an employee was allegedly stabbed to death bu a 15-year-old asylum seeker....sparking concerns that the country is becoming overwhelmed by asylum seekers. Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says there are no simple answers. (SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER STEFAN LOFVEN SAYING: "I believe quite a few people here in Sweden now feel a great worry there will be more, similar cases as Sweden accepts so many unaccompanied minors. Many of those who come here to Sweden have had traumatic experiences and there are no simple answers as to how this should be dealt with, but there are some important principles that apply." Sweden reversed its open door- immigration policy late last year, introducing border controls and ID checks to stem the flow of asylum seekers. Similar scenes along Germany's border with Austria -- border controls reintroduced last autumn that were supposed to be temporary. But with Germany absorbing more than a million refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We must find a level of balance and we should not become pessimistic too quickly. I still believe that we can manage it. Of course we must significantly reduce the number of refugees and we are working on that, but those who are already here should get to know the Germany that has shown itself to be a place where many people are there for others." The EU is expected to reassess the refugee crisis in mid-February --- a crisis with no easy answers and so many lives at stake.

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Europe's migration test

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 01:43