Refugee crisis: Conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council
EU leaders met in Brussels on 23 September 2015 to:
- decide on practical priorities for immediate implementation
- discuss how to respond to long term migratory challenges, to ensure the protection of EU’s external borders and to bring external assistance to refugees and neighbouring countries
EU leaders agreed on a list of priorities :
- assist Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis
- mobilise at least 1 billon euros of additional funding for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Food program
- strengthen cooperation and dialogue with Turkey at all levels
- assist the countries of the Western Balkans in the management of refugee flows
- increase funding to address the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa
- tackle the dramatic situation at the EU external borders and strengthen border controls
- assist frontline member states in the establishment of "hotspots", to ensure accurate identification of migrants and at the same time, ensure relocation and returns
They also called for renewed diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis in Syria and ensure the formation of a government of national unity in Libya.
Migration will be again on the agenda of the European Council on 15-16 October 2015.