EU lawmakers will decide on migration law overhaul, hoping to deprive the far-right of votes

A 12x20m large painting of a life jacket is still seen on the ground of the university campus in Frankfurt, March 1. Artists of the 'Kollektiv ohne Namen' (collective without name) painted the life jacket three years ago to protest against the EU's migration policy in the Mediterranean Sea. [AP]

Lawmakers are to vote later Wednesday on a major revamp of the European Union's migration laws, aiming to end years of division over how to manage the entry of thousands of people without authorization and deprive the far-right of a vote-winning campaign issue ahead of June elections.

Members of the European Parliament will vote on 10 reform topics that make up the Pact on Migration and Asylum. The regulations and policies lay out who should take responsibility for migrants when they arrive and whether other EU member states should be obliged to help.

The plan was drawn up after 1.3 million people, mostly those fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, sought refuge in Europe in 2015. The 27-nation bloc's asylum system collapsed, reception centers were overwhelmed in Greece and Italy, and countries further north built barriers to stop people entering.

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