Migrants should be processed in camps outside the European Union in case of a “mass influx” of refugees, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on the sidelines of an EU ministerial meeting in Malta Thursday.

 

 

The meeting was held a week before EU leaders are set to attend a summit in the Maltese capital Valletta where finding a united approach to managing Europe’s migration crisis will be on top of the agenda.

 

“Europe must ensure that refugees are not brought to Europe at all, but brought back to safe places,” de Maiziere said.

 

From these safe places outside Europe, “the most vulnerable and only the needy” would be brought to the EU, he said.