Monday, September 14, 2015

EU Concerned About Influx of Undocumented Balkan Migrants

The European Union is concerned about the rising flow of undocumented migrants from the Balkans as it continues to struggle with tens of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, a diplomatic source in Brussels said.

"The influx of Balkan migrants has surged since this spring and exceeded since early June the number of migrants coming from across the sea," the source told RIA Novosti.

EU interior ministers are currently holding an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss common approaches to tackling the worsening migrant crisis.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 430,000 refugees, predominantly from Syria and Afghanistan, have come ashore in Europe since the start of 2015.


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  1. Pope Francis has warned against the risk that militants could slip into Europe under cover of a huge wave of refugees fleeing war in Syria, but also said the migrant crisis could help reawaken the continent's conscience...

    In an interview published on Monday with the Portuguese Catholic broadcaster Radio Renascenca, the pope referred to the risk that ISIS, which has killed Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, could launch attacks in Europe.

    "It's true, I also want to recognise that, nowadays, territorial security conditions are not the same as they were in other periods (of mass migration)," he said in the interview.

    "The truth is that just 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Sicily there is an incredibly cruel terrorist group. So there is a danger of infiltration, this is true."

    Security specialists have said the risk that militants could be smuggled into Europe in this way is


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