UPDATED 12:40 PM PT — Thurs. July 12, 2018
The European Union is standing by its new immigration policies mandating any migrant denied asylum will not be allowed on European soil.
The interior ministers of Germany, Austria and Italy met on Wednesday to discuss ways to resolve the migrant crisis and strengthen border security.
Italy’s interior minister said the country will no longer tolerate migrants flooding its borders, and vowed to work with Germany to help limit those seeking admittance into that country.
The meeting comes after Germany recently approved a new immigration plan, which orders asylum seekers to stay in the country where they were first granted asylum.
All three ministers agreed weak immigration policies have led to a rise in human trafficking.
“From here, we want to send a clear message to the world and especially to people smugglers that in future, it will no longer be possible to reach European soil without the right to protection,” stated Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl.
Since 2015, the EU has struggled to come up with a solution on how to equally share the burden of the migrant crisis.