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The Latest: Britain puts limit on unaccompanied minors

  • A migrant wraps himself with a blanket after having a shower outside an abandoned warehouse where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    A migrant wraps himself with a blanket after having a shower outside an abandoned warehouse where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)  (The Associated Press)

  • A migrant walks through the makeshift refugee camp near the Horgos border crossing into the Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that it is "highly urgent" for countries to live up to their pledges, with the legally binding scheme set to expire in September. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A migrant walks through the makeshift refugee camp near the Horgos border crossing into the Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that it is "highly urgent" for countries to live up to their pledges, with the legally binding scheme set to expire in September. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 file picture, Cedric Herrou, center, a French activist farmer who faces up to five years in prison as he goes on trial accused of helping African migrants cross the border from Italy, arrives at the Nice courthouse, southern France. Cedric Herrou remains defiant: Ahead of a court ruling that could see him jailed for sheltering migrants, the French activist has more arrivals from Africa staying on his farm. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 file picture, Cedric Herrou, center, a French activist farmer who faces up to five years in prison as he goes on trial accused of helping African migrants cross the border from Italy, arrives at the Nice courthouse, southern France. Cedric Herrou remains defiant: Ahead of a court ruling that could see him jailed for sheltering migrants, the French activist has more arrivals from Africa staying on his farm. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Britain's government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people-traffickers are exploiting the system.

Some 350 children will be allowed in under the Dubs Amendment — far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under the law that had been aimed at helping some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children across Europe.

Some 200 children have been brought in thus far.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the decision was made after France raised concerns that government actions were acting as a draw to encourage children to make the perilous journey to the continent.

Rudd told lawmakers Thursday that the measure "acts as a draw. It acts as a pull. It encourages the people-traffickers."

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12:55 p.m.

Three employees with Swedish broadcaster SVT have been sentenced to community work after being convicted of human smuggling for bringing a 15-year Syrian boy to Sweden during the 2015 migrant influx that swept across Europe.

The Malmo's District Court said Thursday it was "obvious the SVT team helped for purely humanitarian reasons."

Reporter Fredrik Onnevall, his cameraman and interpreter were making a documentary on the migrants when they met an unaccompanied minor in Greece who wanted to go to Sweden. They wanted to document his trip by car, ferry and train.

Before the court, Onnevall admitted paying for a car rental and knowing the boy had false papers. In Sweden, the then-15-year-old boy was granted permanent asylum.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would be appealed.