EU to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

Refugees wait for a police check in a tent near the central train station in Passau, southern Germany on October 8, 2015European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the worst migration crisis since World War II. Interior ministers from the 28-nation bloc endorsed a dedicated programme to send back those they described as economic migrants — who are largely from poor African nations — and not refugees from conflict-torn Middle East countries. After months of tensions over the wave of nearly 600,000 people who have flooded into Europe this year, the EU is now taking a tougher stance by focusing on tightening border controls and reducing the incentive for people to come to the continent in the first place.

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