Emergency EU meeting called to tackle refugee crisis

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“The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions,” a statement from Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, said on Sunday.

“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 JHA [justice and home affairs] council,” the statement said.

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The announcement for the meeting of the EU’s 28 member states came after a joint call for the talks by Germany, France, and Britain earlier on Sunday.

Germany’s Thomas de Maiziere, Britain’s Theresa May and France’s Bernard Cazeneuve held talks on Saturday on the issue, on the sidelines of a meeting in Paris on transport security.

The trio “underlined the necessity to take immediate action to deal with the challenge from the migrant influx”.

They also called for reception centres to be set up urgently in Italy and Greece in order to register new arrivals, and for a common EU list of “safe countries of origin” to be established.

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