‘Do not come to Europe’

Media captionDonald Tusk: “Do not risk your lives to come to Europe”

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned bootleg mercantile migrants opposite entrance to Europe, during a new pull to solve a EU migrant crisis.

He pronounced bootleg mercantile migrants were risking “lives and money” for nothing.

Mr Tusk visited Greece and Turkey on Thursday to beg ways to revoke a upsurge of migrants travelling west.

More than 25,000 migrants have been left stranded in Greece by a tightening of extent controls to a north, lifting fears of a charitable crisis.

On Thursday, a organisation of migrants blocked a railway line on a Greek side of a extent with Macedonia to criticism during a restrictions.

They were imposed after several Balkan countries motionless usually to concede Syrian and Iraqi migrants opposite their frontiers. Austria also motionless to extent numbers.

The pierce effectively barred thoroughfare to thousands of people seeking to strech western Europe, including Afghans as good as some some-more approaching to be regarded as mercantile migrants.

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After assembly Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Thursday, Mr Tusk pronounced he was appealing to “all intensity bootleg mercantile migrants”, wherever they might be from.

“Do not come to Europe,” he said. “Do not trust a smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing.”

He also pronounced EU member states contingency equivocate holding uneven movement to understanding with a migrant crisis.

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Macedonia is restraint migrants during a Greek border, lifting fears of a charitable crisis

Separately, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande discussed confidence and emigration issues in a French city of Amiens, including conditions during a French pier of Calais, where thousands of migrants anticipating to enter a UK have been vital rough.

After a talks Mr Hollande warned of “consequences” for supervision of migrants streamer to Britain if a UK voted to leave a European Union in a Jun referendum.

Earlier, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said his nation could concede migrants to transport violent to a UK in a eventuality of a supposed “Brexit”.

He told a Financial Times newspaper that an exit opinion could finish a shared understanding permitting a UK to oldster new arrivals on French territory.

Authorities in Calais have been clearing partial of a sprawling stay famous as a Jungle, from where many migrants are perplexing to enter a UK illegally.

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Mr Tusk, left, hold talks with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in Skopje on Wednesday

Ahead of an EU-Turkey limit on a emanate on Monday, Mr Tusk trafficked to Turkey after on Thursday for talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Mr Davutoglu pronounced that a upsurge of Syrian refugees would relieve if a relinquishment of hostilities in a dispute held, adding that violations by Syrian supervision and Russian army had left it vulnerable.


Analysis: Selin Girit, BBC News, Ankara

Turkey already accommodates over 2.5 million Syrian refugees – during an estimated cost of €7 (£5.4bn). The EU has affianced €3bn to Turkey, that is job for some-more support.

Mr Davutoglu steady that they approaching a opening of new chapters for Turkey’s longstanding EU membership bid and swell on visa-free transport to a EU for Turkish citizens.

Turkey has already offering to pointer readmission agreements with 14 countries, a pierce that could capacitate it to take behind migrants deserted by a EU some-more efficiently.

Turkish officials also contend they have managed to forestall roughly 25,000 migrants from travelling to Europe this year. But roughly 130,000 have done their approach to Greek islands during a same period.

In a EU limit in Brussels subsequent week, there will be calls on Turkey to do some-more to revoke a numbers of migrants.


Mr Tusk pronounced progressing this week that Europe was prepared to extend “substantial financial support” to countries beside war-torn regions such as Syria and Iraq.

“But during a same time we design a some-more finish rendezvous from a partners as an comprehensive precondition to equivocate a charitable disaster,” he said.

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Turkey has voiced disappointment during a miss of a common position from a EU on a crisis.

BBC Europe Correspondent Chris Morris, who is on a Greek island of Lesbos where 75,000 migrants have already arrived so distant this year, says a EU wants to see arrivals in Greece dump next 1,000 a day.

New sum advise final year’s sum of one million seaborne migrants nearing in Europe could be matched good before a finish of a year.

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France says it wants to immigrate many of a migrants during a Calais “Jungle”

The series of migrants stranded in Greece has soared, after Macedonia began restricting thoroughfare to all though a tiny number. More migrants are en track from Athens.

Earlier this week, a European Commission adopted skeleton to discharge €700m (£543m; $760m) of puncture charitable appropriation between 2016-18 to assistance tackle a crisis.

Greece has asked a European Commission for scarcely €500m in assistance to assistance caring for 100,000 haven seekers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said scarcely 129,500 migrants had arrived in Europe by sea so distant in 2016, and another 1,545 by land. It pronounced 418 had drowned or were missing.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses a tenure migrant to impute to all people on a pierce who have nonetheless to finish a authorised routine of claiming asylum. This organisation includes people journey war-torn countries such as Syria, who are approaching to be postulated interloper status, as good as people who are seeking jobs and improved lives, who governments are approaching to order are mercantile migrants.

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