Tensions are mounting along the EU's only land borders with Africa on the Moroccan coast.
The number of people arriving has risen, but is not the highest on record.
Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
Experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in Netherlands flies in the face of the much-vaunted Dutch reputation for tolerance.
Germany's plan to build reception centres in Morocco to repatriate unaccompanied minors is similar to a controversial Spanish plan from the mid 2000s.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.
Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.
Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
How to measure the real impact of green bonds? As France is issuing its first green bonds, the market in the global south could expand fast this year.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women's rights.
South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
The Paris agreement may be in force, but that doesn't mean the world agrees on climate change.
The Paris climate conference made key plans to avert global warming. The conference in Morocco will hope to put these plans in action.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.