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The EU recommended Thursday that member states resume sending asylum seekers back to Greece from March next year, after transfers were halted for five years because of poor conditions there. Brussels said it was a key step towards restoring the European Union's migration policies and the passport-free Schengen zone, which nearly collapsed under the pressure of the 2015 migrant crisis. "We are recommending the gradual resumption of Dublin transfers of asylum seekers starting next year" from March 15, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a press conference.
New claims for unemployment insurance fell at the start of December following two consecutive weeks of increases, the US Labor Department reported Thursday. The figures can be volatile, but the decline pointed to continued health in the labor market following the surprise drop in the November unemployment rate to 4.6 percent, its lowest level in nine years. In the week ending December 3, new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 10,000 to 258,000, slightly higher than an analyst consensus forecast which called for 255,000 claims.