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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    The unilateral actions of some Balkan nations to curb the migrant flow through their territories will not resolve the crisis in the long term, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia have tightened controls on their borders to stop thousands of mostly Middle Eastern migrants from traveling north to more affluent countries in Europe and effectively stranding some 30,000 refugees in Greece.

    "This situation is not durable or sustainable," Merkel told the national broadcaster MDR. "If we don’t reach a deal with Turkey… Greece will not be able to bear this weight for long."

    Merkel added that no country could resolve Europe’s refugee crisis alone. "That is why I stand for a really European solution of all 28 [EU member states]," the German chancellor stressed.

    Some 880,000 migrants used the Balkan route in 2015 to enter the European Union and 128,000 migrants entered the bloc through the Balkans in the first two months of 2016, according to European Council President Donald Tusk.

    On Monday, a EU-Turkey summit negotiated a preliminary deal on migrants under which Ankara pledged to stem the flow of Syrian refugees to the European Union in exchange for $3.3 billion and the fast-tracking of Turkey's EU membership bid.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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