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EU meets to find solution to migrants crisis

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 01:45

As refugees and migrants continue to stream across Europe's borders, European Union leaders are preparing to meet their African counterparts in Malta to try to find a solution. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With razor wires and metal poles, the Slovenian army is building a fence to control the flow of migrants into the country. But can a barrier stop the migration? Border residents say no. (SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) RESIDENT OF VELIKI OBREZ, ZDENKO PETROVIC, SAYING: "I was so happy about Europe having open borders. That was something that should make everyone happy. Now instead of widening the Schengen border, we are getting these fences. I don't think they are needed at all as they cannot stop such a large number of refugees." The fence strategy is likely to come up in Malta. European Union leaders are meeting there Wednesday in hopes of resolving their differences over how to deal with the migration crisis. One of the main points of contention is the idea of mandatory national quotas to share out asylum seekers... something Hungary opposes. The summit will also focus on longer term problems such as helping Africa create jobs, so that fewer migrants leave. And as the Malta meeting gets underway, the march of migrants moves on. Seda Kuzucu works for the United Nations refugee agency in Serbia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR FIELD CO-ORDINATOR, SEDA KUZUCU, SAYING: "We gradually started to receive more new arrivals, for the last two days a new arrivals is around 8.000 to 10.000 and we heard that still coming around 9.000 from Macedonia." ... and that's just a small percentage of the estimated 800,000 refugees and migrants who've arrived in Europe so far this year....with no sign of the crisis ending any time soon.

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EU meets to find solution to migrants crisis

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 01:45