EU Leaders Will Meet Sunday on Western Balkans Migrant Flows

© AP Photo / Giannis PapanikosThe sun rises as refugees and migrants walk to pass from the northern Greek village of Idomeni to southern Macedonia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The sudden onset of autumn has taken tens of thousands by surprise all along the Balkans route from Greece to Hungary
The sun rises as refugees and migrants walk to pass from the northern Greek village of Idomeni to southern Macedonia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The sudden onset of autumn has taken tens of thousands by surprise all along the Balkans route from Greece to Hungary - Sputnik International
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According to a European Commission statement, EU leaders are being summoned for a meeting on the refugee migration along the Western Balkans route.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Sunday to discuss large-scale migration in the Western Balkans, according to a statement published Wednesday on the Commission's website.

"Following discussions with several leaders, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has therefore called a Leaders' Meeting on 25 October to discuss the refugee flows along the Western Balkans route," the statement reads.

A group of migrants continue their journey near Dobova, Slovenia October 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
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According to the statement, EU leaders are due to find common operational resolutions for Western Balkans migration flows that can be immediately implemented.

In recent months, Europe has faced a major influx of migrants fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Western Balkans are a frequently used migratory route into the European Union.

A vast majority of migrants and asylum seekers journeying through the Western Balkans since late spring have traveled via Serbia and Macedonia, according to European Commission data.

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