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EU's Tusk tells economic migrants to stay home

Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 01:21

European Union Council President Donald Tusk is telling economic migrants to stop coming to Europe, as the EU struggles to cope with the migrants and refugees already there. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On a trip to Greece, European Union Council President Donald Tusk had a message for economic migrants. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT, DONALD TUSK, SAYING: "Do not come to Europe. Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money, it is all for nothing." Tusk is at the frontline of Europe's migration crisis, to drum up support for a cohesive approach to the crisis ahead of an EU summit on Monday. Up to 30,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded in Greece. Many are camped out in worsening conditions in Idomeni, as they wait to enter Macedonia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REFUGEE FROM IDLIB, SYRIA, EMAD MANSOUR, SAYING: "I am sorry to face such circumstances. We run from death to find another kind of death. This is in brief here the situation is. We are dying but slowly." And the anger is building, with protests and violence boiling over in recent days. In Calais, France, conditions are no better. A government order to evict migrants from the camp known as the "Jungle" has fueled yet more violence. And the thousands of migrants who now live there say they can't take much more. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT SAYING: "Six days, seven days, 10 days, don't take shower. Small tent. Cold. Water everywhere. Rain all the time." EU officials hope to significantly reduce the number of migrants entering Europe soon...although most admit, the rhetoric and the reality are still a long way apart.

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EU's Tusk tells economic migrants to stay home

Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 01:21