EU lead­ers plan to beef up borders to stop flow of mi­grants

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

EURO­PEAN Union lead­ers are set to push ahead with plans to boost co­op­er­a­tion with North African coun­tries and beef up the bloc’s borders in an ef­fort to stop mi­grants en­ter­ing Europe.

A draft state­ment pre­pared for their sum­mit Thurs­day em­pha­sizes the need to step up co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries that peo­ple leave and tran­sit through to seek shel­ter or bet­ter lives in Europe.

They said that work with those coun­tries on “in­ves­ti­gat­ing, ap­pre­hend­ing and pros­e­cut­ing smug­glers and traf­fick­ers should be in­ten­si­fied.” They also called for a joint smug­gling task force to be set up.

Well over 1 mil­lion mi­grants en­tered Europe in 2015, most of them Syr­i­ans and Iraqis flee­ing con­flict, but num­bers have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly since the EU be­gan out­sourc­ing the chal­lenge to Turkey.

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