In response to the biggest “migration crisis” in decades, the European Union has decided to “tighten” its external border controls and increase the aid budget to camps outside the bloc, located near the war-torn countries.
After the emergency summit last week on Wednesday, the EU decided upon “strengthening its border controls”. More staff and equipment would be provided to all the border control offices to deal with the influx of migrants.
“Hotspots” would be set up in Greece and Italy, the arrival point for most migrants, so that 'economic migrants' could be separated from genuine refugees. 'Economic migrants' would be sent back and some of the refugees would be relocated around Europe so Greece and Italy are not the only ones accommodating all of them.
A list of safe countries were drawn up which included Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Additionally, the leaders of 28 countries also pledged to increase aid through UN agencies to the neighbouring Syrian countries.
A 1.8 billion euro trust fund for Africa was proposed by the European Commission which would be financed through the money available in the EU budget along with any contributions that the national governments could give. So far, only France and Spain have contributed.