EU Leaders Agree on Joint Asylum Centers, Restriction of Migrants’ Moves in Bloc

African migrants transferred to a Maltese patrol vessel

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 17, 2013) Distressed persons are transferred from the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) to Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P52. San Antonio provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to the rescued. San Antonio rescued 128 men adrift in an inflatable raft after responding to a call by the Maltese Government. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) 131017-N-ZZ999-009.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has confirmed that the leaders of the European Union reached an agreement on migration after nine-hour EU summit talks.

According to a final statement made after 9 hours of talks, the leaders agreed to enhance screening migrants for asylum eligibility and set up “disembarkation platforms” in North Africa to discourage those fleeing to Europe from boarding smuggling boats.

The plan also stipulates the establishment of joint processing camps within the bloc and to restrict their movement across member-states.

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