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Italy's president urges EU to do more about migrant crisis

  • Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, right, walks with Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis by the honor guard during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, right, walks with Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis by the honor guard during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, right, walks with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis to review the honor guard during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, right, walks with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis to review the honor guard during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, left, shakes hands with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Italy's President Sergio Mattarella, left, shakes hands with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis during the welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mattarella is on an official visit to Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Italy's president has called on the European Union to adopt a more organized approach to large numbers of migrants who arrive in Europe.

President Sergio Mattarella said his country had asked the EU to "establish an articulated and common approach... together with the countries the migrants leave from."

"It is a problem which the whole of Europe is faced with," he said. The International Organization for Migration says more than 48,000 migrants arrived in Italy this year.

Mattarella met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday to discuss migrants, the EU and the hundreds of thousands of Romanians who live in Italy.

Italy is the second largest investor in Romania, with new business worth 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in 2015.

Romania and Italy share cultural, linguistic and historic ties.