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Tusk Meeting Turkish President On Migrant Crisis Ahead Of EU Summit

Migrants Battle Wet And Cold At Idomenii
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March 04, 2016
Dawn in the migrant camps on the Greek border with Macedonia saw groups of people huddled around fires and bailing out their tents. Around 10,000 are stranded after Macedonia reduced the daily flow of people across the border to a trickle. (Reuters)
WATCH: Migrants Battle Wet And Cold At Greek-Macedonian Border Crossing.

European Council President Donald Tusk is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 4 for talks about how to deal with the migrant crisis.

Tusk has said that the number of migrants arriving in the European Union after passing through Turkey is far too high.

He was expected to push Erdogan for more help with the crisis, a day after he issued a warning for economic migrants to stay away from the EU.

Tusk's visit comes at the end of a diplomatic tour that has taken him from Vienna, the Balkans, and Athens in an effort to get countries along the so-called Balkan route for migrants to coordinate their efforts.

He has been speaking to leaders about a draft EU plan to create an EU coastguard system and strengthen Greece's external border -- which is the main entry point for refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution, and poverty from the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Leaders from Turkey and the EU are scheduled to meet in Brussels on March 7 for a summit dealing with the migrant crisis.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
 

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