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.
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.
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.
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.
The Confederation of British Industry's director John Cridland has disagreed with Home Secretary Theresa May who has called for the reinstatement of the original free movement principles within the EU, saying people should only be allowed to move freely within the EU if they have a job waiting for them.
The evidence shows that the vast majority of people coming from the EU to the UK come to work and benefit our economy. Our hospitals and care homes couldn't function without overseas workers... But the system must be about freedom to work, not for the minority who do not contribute, so the Government should continue to work with our European partners to make sure the rules are fit for purpose for everyone. We'd be concerned if EU workers had to be hired for a job before coming to the UK though, as this would cause issues for firms without the capacity to advertise and recruit across the whole of Europe.
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