BRUSSELS – The Latest on the migration crisis as leaders from the EU and Turkey meet in Brussels (all times local):
France's foreign minister says Europe must reach a deal with Turkey over how to handle the influx of migrants and must rethink its own system of open borders.
In an interview Monday with FranceInter radio, Jean-Marc Ayrault said the European Union's system of open borders wasn't set up to deal with a major migration crisis and must be reformed.
He said that will entail protecting the EU's outer frontiers, dividing up newcomers who have the right to asylum, helping Greece and reaching an accord with Turkey. Those two countries on Europe's outer edges are struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of migrants hoping to reach a better life in the north.
EU leaders are holding talks later Monday with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
European Union leaders have started arriving in Brussels to press Turkey to do more to stop migrants entering Europe and to shore up support for Greece, where thousands of people are stranded.
The leaders are expected to declare the main Balkan migrant route closed Monday, after Macedonia, backed by Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary, limited border crossings to a trickle.
Ahead of the summit in Brussels, some 14,000 people were camped in Greece at the Macedonian border hoping desperately to be allowed to cross.
The leaders are set first to hold talks at 1130 GMT with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
A draft statement prepared for their talks says they will ensure "comprehensive, large scale and fast-track returns to Turkey of all irregular migrants not in need of international protection."