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EU ministers to hold extraordinary meeting on migrant crisis

European Union ministers have been called to an extraordinary EU meeting on Sept. 14 to discuss a huge surge in irregular immigration, as European leaders struggle to define a coherent response to the crisis.

Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency and called the meeting, said in a statement:

The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions.

In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions under way and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council.

– Statement announcing the meeting

The meeting will reportedly be focused on return policy, international cooperation, and investigation and measures to prevent human trafficking.

Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged other European Union countries to accept a greater share of the refugees, as her government struggles to cope with an expected record 800,000 arrivals this year.


Family of Richard Smith say he was 'truly wonderful'

The family of Richard Smith pay tribute to a 'truly wonderful' man. Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

The family of Richard Smith, who was on his way to a bike ride with cyclist friend Dylan Archer when the crash happened, have paid tribute to a "truly wonderful" man.

"Richard was a lively, good humoured 26-year-old. His passions in life were for his family, friends and his beloved bikes. His boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He was a truly wonderful, caring and loving person.

"He leaves behind his partner Victoria, his parents Julie and Jonathan, and two much-loved brothers William and Edward. He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him."

Smith, originally from Buckinghamshire, moved to Hove two years ago. He worked in marketing and web development at an independent company providing advice to the cycling industry.

Cyclist's family pay tribute to 'kind and loving' father

The family of Dylan Archer paid tribute to a 'kind and loving father'. Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

The family of Dylan Archer, a cyclist who died along with his friend Richard Smith at the Shoreham air crash, have paid tribute to a "kind and loving father".

On Saturday 22 August, Dylan, 42, was on a cycle ride with his friend Richard Smith on the bike that he loved and made himself.

They said: "Dylan was a kind and loving father, partner, brother, grandson and friend. His dry humour and generous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

"Dylan was a trusted and respected IT consultant, co-founder and Director of a Brighton IT company.

"He leaves behind Alice, his partner of 17 years, their two sons aged 15 and 12, his sister Ruth and two-year-old niece. He was adored by them all."

Dylan, who grew up in the Midlands was said to have had a lifelong passion for bikes and cars. After moving to Brighton, he spent many occasions cycling in the South Downs- where he would headed on the day of the accident.

Two cyclists named as victims of the Shoreham air crash

Dylan Archer and Richard Smith were on their way to a cycle ride on the South Downs. Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

Two more air crash victims were on Sunday night named by police - friends Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith, 26, who were heading on a cycle ride in the South Downs.

IT consultant Mr Archer, a father of two who lived in Brighton, and Mr Smith, who lived in Hove, were due to meet up with a third friend.


Family pay tribute to loving father Mark Trussler

Mark Trussler described by his family as the 'best father anyone could have' Credit: Sussex Police/ Family Handout

The family of 54-year-old Mark Trussler from Worthing, who died in the Shoreham air crash, say he was a loving "family man."

Mark, a window cleaner, had taken his motorbike for a spin to Shoreham as he wanted to see the last flight of the Vulcan.

Fiancee Giovanna Chirico said: "It was a nice day and I text him when the flight was due. He replied saying I should get the kids ready so we could take them out to lunch on his return. I said I loved him and he replied 'I love you too, forever.' I didn't hear from him again.

"He was an amazing dad who had a passion for motorbikes and rugby. He would do anything for his kids and they couldn't have asked for a better dad. He loved all his family. He was happy-go-lucky and if you were down he would cheer you up. We are going to miss him terribly."

Mark was a much-loved son, dad, fiance, brother and cousin. He has six children Samantha, Kaitlin, and Luke, 12, Mia, 10, Sophia, three, and two-year-old Alicia.

In paying tribute to her father Samatha Hollis said: "My Dad was my best friend and the best father anyone could ask for. He would always make me laugh with his silly jokes. I will painfully miss him every day. I am very proud to be his daughter; he was loved by so many."

May calls for urgent EU action to tackle migration crisis

Theresa May and her German and French counterparts call for emergency meeting to address the migrant crisis in Europe. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Urgent steps must be taken by the European Union to address the growing migration crisis, Theresa May said in a joint call with Germany and France for an emergency meeting of ministers within two weeks.

The Home Secretary said the EU's "broken" system had exacerbated the issue - and called for concrete proposals, such as reception centres to register and fingerprint new arrivals and an agreed list of "safe" countries to speed up asylum decisions, to be drawn up.

The events of this summer have shown that the most tragic consequences of a broken European migration system have been borne by those at risk of exploitation.

And the greatest beneficiaries have been the callous gangs who sell false dreams and trade on the free borders within the EU.

As countries in Europe are increasingly realising, these tragedies have been exacerbated by the European system of no borders, the Schengen area, in which the UK has never taken part.

– Theresa May, writing in the Sunday Times

The discussions with her French and German counterparts took place during a summit in Paris on Saturday discussing rail security measures in the wake of the gun attack on a French train.

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