Germany's interior minister is pressing ahead with controversial plans to hold asylum seekers in centres until their right to stay is determined.
The EU proposes financial incentives to member countries to admit migrants from Mediterranean rescue boats as part of efforts to defuse a weeks-long showdown with Italy.
As EU states look to stem incoming migrant flows, aspiring EU member Bosnia is caught in the middle, with thousands of immigrants stuck in the impoverished Balkan country.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the body will unveil new proposals in September on ways of protecting the EU's external borders.
At the meeting of the EU interior ministers in the city of Innsbruck most of the ministers expressed reservations about the Austrian plan in the file of asylum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes under fire from EU partners after she agrees to push back migrants in a last-ditch deal to save her fragile government.