Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.
The leaders of the Greens and Socialists penned a joint letter to EU Council president Donald Tusk condemning the current strategy of trying to keep new migrants out.
Poland and Hungary have refused to take in a single person under a plan agreed in 2015 to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers.
The economically struggling US island territory of Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly in favor of becoming the 51st state
Emergency services took 10 children and four adults to hospital after the blaze started around 00:30 am in the basement of the five-storey building in the northwestern city of Bremen.