Europe has 'six to eight weeks' to fix migrant crisis - Dutch PM

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Europe has 'six to eight weeks' to fix migrant crisis - Dutch PM

The Dutch prime minister says Europe has just six to eight weeks to find a fix for the migrant crisis.

Last year it was only 600 in the full month of January. Now 35,000 in the first 3 weeks of this year and now it winter.

Mark Rutte was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos alongside his counterparts from Greece and France.

Rutte said 35,000 people crossed the sea from Turkey into Greece so far this year.

“When Spring comes the figures will quadruple,” he added. “They will go up considerably. We cannot as EU, at least, for Netherlands, Germany…. We cannot cope with these numbers any longer we have to get a grip of this.”

“What we are calling for is a mechanism that will help relocate refugees from Turkey and the Greek Islands to the rest Europe,” said Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipiras. “I’m not just referring to specific countries.”

“We can not leave Africa and The Sahel alone to terrorism,” said French prime minister Manuel Valls. “Libya is on the focus because there are so many issues: Daesh, the disorganization of Libya and the migration crisis.”

Many of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people have gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos to discuss business and the state of the world.