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EU Calls for Emergency Talks on Refugees

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The European Union has announced emergency talks on 14 September to deal with the escalating migration crisis…reports Asian Lite News.

Refugees fleeThe European Union (EU) has called for emergency talks on September 14 on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis, the media reported on Monday.

The confirmation of the date for the talks was officially announced late Sunday by Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency. Interior ministers from all 28 member states is expected to attend the meet, BBC reported.

“The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the EU has recently taken unprecedented proportions,” the presidency said in a statement.

Discussion points will include internal co-operation, fighting the trafficking of migrants, and return policy.

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 2014.

Hundreds more people also drowned in the Mediterranean last week, as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, BBC reported. 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 migrant numbers

Long traffic jams built up on Hungary’s major roads leading to the Austrian border, because of the extra Austrian police checks. Austria has begun expanding checks on lorries near its eastern borders, after Europe was shocked by the discovery of 71 dead migrants in a lorry near the border with Hungary.

Queues of 30km (18 miles) were reported on the main M1 road from Budapest, as security officials searched vehicles over the border in Nickelsdorf. There were also jams further along the border at Klingenbach and Deutschkreutz.

Five people have been detained in connection with the deaths of 71 people, most of them thought to be Syrians, in a lorry found on the A4 at Parndorf.

The Austrian checks appear to undermine the EU’s Schengen system, which normally allows unrestricted travel. But in exceptional circumstances countries can reintroduce border controls under Schengen.