EU To Hold Emergency Talks On Migration

The number of migrants arriving at EU borders topped100,000 for the first time in July.
The number of migrants arriving at EU borders topped100,000 for the first time in July.

The number of migrants arriving at EU borders topped100,000 for the first time in July.

European Union leaders called for action to defend the “dignity” of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tension flared on the blocs eastern borders over the escalating crisis. Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and “strengthen the European response” to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency. “Europe needs to stop being moved and start moving,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, calling again for a fairer distribution of migrants among the European Union’s 28 members. Europe has been struggling to cope with the record numbers of people flooding across its borders- some 300,000 this year alone, according to the UN. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday said it was “scandalous” some eastern European countries were refusing to accept more migrants and said Hungary’s construction of a barrier to stop new arrivals “did not respect Europe’s common values”- drawing an angry response from Budapest. People “fleeing war, persecution, torture, oppression, must be welcomed” and treated with dignity,” said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, while Pope Francis meanwhile called for “effective cooperation” against “crimes that are an offence to the whole of humanity.” The migrants crossing the Mediterranean head either to Italy, where another 513 arrived on Sunday, adding to some 108,000 this year, or Greece, while many also reach overland via Turkey.

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