The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached “unprecedented proportions”.
It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in the Mediterranean and 71 die in a lorry in Austria. A record number of 107,500 migrants reached the EU’s borders last month. The UN says the continuing conflict in Syria is a major factor behind the rise in numbers.
Greece, Italy and Hungary have particularly struggled with the stem of migrants from not only Syria but the rest of the Middle East and Africa. Next month’s extraordinary meeting was announced by late on Sunday by Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
“The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions,” it said in a statement.
In July, the number of migrants that reached the EU’s borders topped 100,000 for the first time – triple the number of people in July last year, according to European agency Frontex. (BBC)