EU warships start migrant smuggler patrols as leaders urge unity

Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on October 8, 2015European Union nations agreed to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the bloc’s worst migration crisis since World War II. After months of tensions over the more than 600,000 people who have flooded into Europe this year, Brussels is now taking a tougher stance by focusing on tightening border controls and reducing the incentive for people to come to the continent. “Those who do not require international protection must return to their countries of origin,” Luxembourg minister Jean Asselborn, whose country holds the EU presidency, told reporters after the talks.

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