The Latest: Greece pledges to toughen asylum procedure


BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on developments involving migrants to Europe (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Greece's government has promised to toughen the asylum application procedure for migrants and speed up deportations as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in new arrivals.

The draft legislation submitted to parliament and published Tuesday also calls for tougher criteria in assessing asylum applications and an expanded use of detention.

A surge in arrivals of migrants and refugees over the summer has put severe strain on Greek islands near the Turkish coast where more than 25,000 asylum seekers and migrants remain, mostly in overcrowded camps.


1:15 p.m.

Bosnian police have pulled dozens of migrants off a train to prevent them from reaching a northwestern part of the country where an overcrowded tent camp remains without water supplies for a second day in a row.

Hundreds of migrants staying at the Vucjak camp outside the town of Bihac could be seen on Tuesday carrying plastic bottles filled with water they got from residents in the vicinity.

Bihac authorities on Monday cut the camp's water supplies to pressure the Bosnian government to help relocate thousands of migrants who are stuck in the area near the border with European Union member Croatia while trying to reach Western Europe.

To stop a further influx, police overnight disembarked migrants traveling on a Bihac-bound train and bused them away from the town.