Migrants on a wooden boat await rescue by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in the central Mediterranean in international waters off the coast of Sabratha in Libya, April 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)
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The EU's troubled migrant quota scheme wraps up Wednesday after two years, but while it draws a line under the most intense phase of the crisis, divisions over migration are deeper than ever.Europe's asylum rules -- which state that an asylum-seeker's application must be dealt with by the country where the person first arrives in the EU -- will now return to normal from one minute past midnight on Wednesday (2201 GMT Tuesday).A total of 29,000 people have been relocated from Italy and Greece over the past two years under the quotas, which initially set out a compulsory number of Syrians, Iraqis and Eritreans that each EU state must take.The quota scheme was born in acrimony, with the EU pushing the quotas through in September 2015 despite four eastern European countries voting against them.
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