Islamic State militants are behind Europe's snowballing refugee crisis and are the top danger facing the region, the Czech Republic's finance minister told CNBC on Friday.
"I think Islamic State is the biggest danger for us—and these people are leaving their countries because of Islamic State," Andrej Babis told CNBC, as European finance ministers met in Luxembourg on Friday.
Babis' comments came as thousands of migrants and refugees converge on Southern and Eastern Europe, mainly from war-torn Syria, but also from other countries in the Middle East and Africa. Many of these people are trying to travel north across the continent to reach prosperous Northern European countries such as Germany that are viewed as sympathetic to their plight.
Babis said that support from the international North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was needed to help secure Europe's borders and combat the traffickers smuggling people into the region.