“This is a crisis, and it is a grave and dramatic one. It can be brought under control and it will be,” he said, Reuters reported.

He reiterated the desire he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have for a co-ordinated plan backed by the 28-country European Union for each nation to take its fair share of 120,000 refugees.

He also claimed that the European Union’s Schengen zone — which ensures free cross-border movement between participating countries — “would collapse” without a united policy on the current migration, AFP reported.