The divisions over the migrant crisis in Europe are widening with some leaders trying to deter more arrivals from coming to the region while others are using the crisis as a way to cajole U.K. voters into remaining in the EU.
On Thursday, European leader tried a different tack, warning economic migrants not to even attempt to come to Europe. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Union, implored economic migrants – those travelling to a better way of life rather than because their lives are in danger – not to come to the region during a press conference in Athens.
"I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe. Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing," Tusk said, according to AFP.
Tusk had met with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier in the day to discuss the country's handling of the migrant crisis.