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Amnesty International says the European Union is too focused on keeping migrants out and failing to take humanitarian measures that could have prevented thousands dying at sea.
More than 110,000 people fleeing conflict or poverty have entered the EU so far this year, and over 400 have died.
Amnesty said in its 2015-2016 annual report released Wednesday that "the EU's failing refugee strategy remains focused on keeping people out, rather than providing the safe passage to Europe that could save thousands of lives."
The human rights group said EU countries "for the most part vacillated or actively obstructed potential solutions" to sharing refugees. It says little effort was made to find more legal ways for migrants to avoid dangerous sea journeys and enter Europe safely.
Austria's foreign minister is defending his country's decision not to invite Greece to a conference of West Balkan nations focused on managing the migrant crisis.
Sebastian Kurz says that Greece has "clearly expressed no interest in reducing the (migrant) influx and in contrast wants to continue waving them through" to Macedonia, from where they make their way northward. Austria has imposed limits on the number of refugees allowed to enter.
The statement by Kurz comes ahead of a meeting Wednesday of Austrian and West Balkan government ministers in Vienna aiming at finding common solutions to crimping the refugee flow.
Greece is not invited. Austria's Interior Ministry says the conference is set up in a "regular format" that does not include Athens.