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EU studies new ways to beef up border patrols in face of migrant influx

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2014 file photo a sub-Saharan migrant is detained and sent back to the Moroccan side by Spanish Guardia Civil officers after scaling a fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.” (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2014 file photo a sub-Saharan migrant is detained and sent back to the Moroccan side by Spanish Guardia Civil officers after scaling a fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.” (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2014 file photo an Italian Carabiniere police officer looks at a migrant woman carrying a child on her back as she disembarks from mercantile ship City of Sidon which docked in Palermo's port, Sicily, Italy. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.” (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini, File)

    FILE - In this June 9, 2014 file photo an Italian Carabiniere police officer looks at a migrant woman carrying a child on her back as she disembarks from mercantile ship City of Sidon which docked in Palermo's port, Sicily, Italy. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.” (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo police stand guard as migrants rest inside a sports center, after they were rescued by the sea rescue service near the coast of Tarifa, southern Spain. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.”  (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo police stand guard as migrants rest inside a sports center, after they were rescued by the sea rescue service near the coast of Tarifa, southern Spain. The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans, according to Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who warned Thursday, March 12, 2015 that “this migration pressure is not going down, it’s just increasing.” (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union is studying new ways to beef up border patrols in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and traveling through the Balkans.

EU presidency nation Latvia is struggling to persuade the 28 member countries to provide more funds and resources for the border agency Frontex, given broad opposition to creating an EU border guard system.

Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis warned Thursday that "this migration pressure is not going down, it's just increasing."

EU interior ministers were to discuss the creation of a special task force in the Balkans, where growing numbers of poor people are fleeing Kosovo into Hungary.