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EU leaders agreed on further measures to help resolve the migration crisis

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At the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 23 September, the EU heads of state and government agreed on further measures to help bring about a resolution to the acute migration crisis in Europe and its neighbourhood. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven attended the meeting.

Photo of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Europe President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven talks to Europe President Jean-Claude Juncker during the meeting of the European Council on 23 September. Photo: Council of the European Union

The EU leaders agreed to respond to the urgent needs of refugees in the region by helping the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme and other agencies with at least an additional EUR 1 billion. Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries will receive increasing support for dealing with the Syrian crisis.

Reinforced EU dialogue with Turkey and further support to the Western Balkan countries were further measures that were discussed at the meeting.

Member States requesting assistance to ensure identification and registration of migrants will receive help from the EU institutions and other Member States no later than November 2015. This will be done in front-line ‘hotspots’.  

The EU heads of state and government also reiterated their support for the UN-led international efforts to bring an end to the war in Syria that has forced an estimated 12 million people to leave their homes.