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Britain urges EU partners to efficiently deport migrants not eligible for asylum

  • Migrants climb out of the windows of a train after they arrived at the railway station in Hegyeshalom, at the Austrian border, 169 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The migrants arrived here from the Croatian border to continue their journey to Austria. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)

    Migrants climb out of the windows of a train after they arrived at the railway station in Hegyeshalom, at the Austrian border, 169 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The migrants arrived here from the Croatian border to continue their journey to Austria. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants wait to be registered at the registration camp in Presevo, Southern Serbia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    Migrants wait to be registered at the registration camp in Presevo, Southern Serbia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Britain is urging the European Union to speed the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum as the EU struggles with its biggest refugee emergency in decades.

Britain's interior minister, Theresa May, said Thursday that "we need to see Europe upping its game."

She said the EU "should be sending economic migrants back to their countries of origin. It's why we need to crack down on those who are abusing our asylum system."

May's remarks came ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg.

The EU has rules in place for deporting those who do not qualify for asylum or residency but less than 40 percent of people are actually sent home.