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Germany, France, Britain urge better processing of migrants, EU-wide list of safe countries

  • British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, left, and Home Secretary Theresa May, attend an emergency meeting on train security in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist gun attack aboard trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, left, and Home Secretary Theresa May, attend an emergency meeting on train security in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist gun attack aboard trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Home Secretary Theresa May, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, right, for an emergency meeting in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    British Home Secretary Theresa May, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, right, for an emergency meeting in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for an emergency meeting in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for an emergency meeting in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

The top security officials of Germany, France and Britain are pressing for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, France's Bernard Cazeneuve and Britain's Theresa May issued a statement Sunday after consulting in Paris the previous day. They stressed the need to set up "hot spots" in Greece and Italy by the year's end to ensure migrants are fingerprinted and registered, allowing authorities to identify quickly those in need of protection.

Germany, which has seen many asylum requests this year from Balkan countries, is keen to identify "safe" countries to ease returning rejected asylum applicants.

The officials urged holding a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers in the next two weeks.