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EU leader urges crackdown on 'illegal migration,' quick return of those who do not qualify

  • Migrants queue to receive their daily food distribution in a makeshift camp known as the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are camped by the thousand in the port city of Calais trying to reach Britain, where they believe they will have better job prospects. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

    Migrants queue to receive their daily food distribution in a makeshift camp known as the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are camped by the thousand in the port city of Calais trying to reach Britain, where they believe they will have better job prospects. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, European Council President Donald Tusk, Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban participate in the Visegrad meeting ahead of the European Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Julien Warnand/Pool Photo via AP

    From left, European Council President Donald Tusk, Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban participate in the Visegrad meeting ahead of the European Summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Julien Warnand/Pool Photo via AP  (The Associated Press)

  • French police officers stand guard on the motorway leading to the ferry port to cross the English Channel, in Calais, northern France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are camped by the thousand in the port city of Calais trying to reach Britain, where they believe they will have better job prospects. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

    French police officers stand guard on the motorway leading to the ferry port to cross the English Channel, in Calais, northern France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are camped by the thousand in the port city of Calais trying to reach Britain, where they believe they will have better job prospects. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's president is calling for a crackdown on migrants who don't qualify for asylum as people fleeing conflict and poverty arrive on Europe's shores in huge numbers.

EU President Donald Tusk said Thursday at a summit of the bloc's leaders that "we need to contain illegal migration and this should be our priority."

He says that "all those who are not legitimate asylum-seekers will have no guarantee that they will stay in Europe."

More than 100,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean so far this year. Almost 2,000 have died or are missing.

Even though many flee war zones and persecution, the flow of migrants also include many just looking for a better life and a job.