A refugee family walks at the port of Piraeus in Athens, on June 7, 2016, where some 1,500 migrants and refugees are stranded. AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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EU countries cannot jail illegal migrants just for crossing borders inside the passport-free Schengen area, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, in a new blow to efforts to tackle the migration crisis.The European Court of Justice said European Union rules prevent the imprisonment of non-EU migrants who have illegally crossed a frontier if they have not already been subject to deportation procedures.The EU court ruled Tuesday that imprisoning illegal migrants was against the EU's "return directive" – its laws on deporting migrants.
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