EU acts against European countries over fingerprinting migrants
11 December 2015 14:52 GMT

The European Union has launched legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia over their alleged failure to register migrants with fingerprint data.

The EU says that in the three countries over the past few months but less than half of them have been registered by national authorities.

Greece has only fingerprinted around 121,000 of the almost 500,000 people who arrived there between July 20 and November 30 this year, according to the European Commission.

It comes as Turkey's coastguard last night picked up more than 150 migrants seeking to cross to Greece in three flimsy dinghies during a night time swoop on their routes across the Aegean Sea.

The EU said today that “concerns have not been effectively addressed”.