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Juncker urges countries to stop passing on migrants to neighbouring states

­ European Commission President Jean-­Claude Juncker has urged countries to stop passing on migrants to neighbouring states in chaotic conditions. In an interview published on Sunday by the German newspaper Bild, he said states “must take care to uphold orderly procedures and conditions”.

“The European Commission expects everyone to obey the rules of the game if we don’t want to put Schengen at risk,” Juncker said, referring to the EU’s border-­free zone.

The EU is facing record arrivals with more than 47,500 people in the last week entering Slovenia, which has a population of just two million, and 48,000 entering Greece, which has a population of 11 million, according to official figures. With winter looming, Amnesty International on Saturday warned of a humanitarian disaster if migrants are stranded at borders. “Every day counts,” Juncker told Bild.

Without action, “we will soon witness families dying wretchedly in chilly rivers in the Balkans.” Juncker had invited the heads of state or government of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia for an extraordinary meeting to tackle the refugee emergency in the Western Balkans in Brussels on Sunday.