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Europe considers migrant crisis

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 01:34

European Union leaders consider the growing migrant crisis as more are rescued from packed boats in the Mediterranean. Paul Chapman reports.

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Britain's government says its considering border reinforcements after what the prime minister's calling unacceptable scenes of chaos involving migrants trying to reach the UK. A strike by French ferry workers which also led to the closure of the Channel Tunnel prompted these scenes. Migrants are seen trying to board UK-bound trucks forced to queue because of the stoppage. British Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament border controls could be tightened further. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "We've been looking at whether we can put more personnel and indeed sniffer dog teams on that side of the Channel to make a difference and there is also more work being done in terms of installing fencing, not just around the port of Calais but also around the Eurostar and Eurotunnel entrances." European Union leaders were due to meet on Thursday and Friday to discuss plans for them to take a share of thousands of asylum seekers now in Greece and Italy. More than 750 rescued from packed boats trying to cross the Mediterranean arrived at the Italian port of Palermo on Wednesday. They're from African nations like Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan, others are from Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Libya. They're among more than 3, 700 plucked from the sea in just a few days. Among European Commission proposals up for discussion are the creation of detention centres for quicker identification, and speedier deportation of those who don't qualify for asylum.

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Europe considers migrant crisis

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 01:34