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Back in 2015, the immigration crisis in Europe was in headlines worldwide. Since then the numbers of people crossing the by sea to the continent has declined from more than 1 million annually to just 126,000 through early September of this year, according to the U.N.’s migration agency. 

But many problems remain unresolved. Not least for the tens of thousands of migrants who arrived in Europe over the past few years and still find themselves in legal limbo. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at Europe’s tortured efforts to address the problem, and get an up close view at conditions for migrants in France and Greece. 

Joining the program:

    • Mehdi Shams, a Pakistani asylum-seeker who has been held in a Greek refugee camp for more than a year.
    • Maya Konforti, an aid worker for L’Auberge des Migrants, a group that aids migrants in France.
    • Michael Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
    • Erik Brattberg, director of the Europe program at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace. 

Supervising producer: Lauren Wortman

Assistant producers: Astrig Agopian, Jaime Dunaway, Shannon Sankey

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