EU to hold migrant talks on September 14

Brussels, Aug 31 (IANS) The 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.

Germany, France and Britain on Sunday made a joint call for an urgent meeting involving EU interior and justice ministers to cope with the migration crisis which reached a peak after the recent discovery of 71 dead bodies in a truck in Austria.

A record number of 107,500 migrants reached the EU’s borders last month.

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