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Friday 9 December 2016

Call for action on illegal migrants

The EU president wants a crackdown on migrants who are only looking for jobs, as opposed to those fleeing war or persecution.

More than 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean and landed in Europe so far this year - with 2,000 dying on the way.

Although many are fleeing war zones, others who are just looking for a better life in Europe do not qualify for international protection.

"We need to contain illegal migration and this should be our priority," EU president Donald Tusk said in Brussels.

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