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Czech PM says not to accept migrant sharing

Staff Writer | August 29, 2018
Visiting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis told his Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat on Tuesday that his country will not accept a European migrant sharing solution to the migration crisis.
Andrej Babis
Europe   Babis arrived in Malta after visiting Italy
Speaking at a joint press conference following their talks, Babis said that while his country was ready to help migration efforts, it was against sharing migrants.

For his part, the Maltese prime minister described his meeting with Babis as "lively and interesting", thanking him for being "straightforward" on the issue.

Muscat said that various solutions to tackle migration needed to be explored, including border controls, but Europe could not just erect walls.

He stressed the need for member states and parties operating in the Mediterranean to abide by the rules and international treatises, noting that migration flows in the central Mediterranean had dropped by 80 percent over the past year.

The Maltese prime minister called for a better understanding between European states despite each having their own reality.

Babis said Europe had to discuss changes to Schengen in order to defend the European continent, while calling for more engagement with African countries to stem migration at source.

Babis arrived in Malta after visiting Italy, another frontline state for migrant arrivals.