Italy is working with Albania to prevent migrant flows from diverting through their countries now that the Balkan route is shuttered, says Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, while noting that there is no evidence this is yet happening.
"Logic suggests that, if there were an influx from Turkey into the Balkan route and if walls were to interrupt the journey towards northern Europe, this route [through Albania] could open," Alfano says ahead of talks with his 27 EU counterparts in Brussels.
The minister says he plans to visit Albania in the coming days, to work with the country on doing "everything possible" to prevent illegal immigration.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warns, meanwhile, that border closures along the Western Balkan route have created a "humanitarian crisis that risks to turn to a humanitarian disaster" in Greece.
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