BRUSSELS — The European Union’s president called Thursday for a crackdown on migrants who are only looking for jobs as opposed to those fleeing war or persecution.

More than 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean and landed in Europe so far this year – with almost 2,000 dying or going missing along the way. Although many are fleeing war zones, others who are just looking for a better life in Europe do not qualify for international protection.

“We need to contain illegal migration and this should be our priority,” EU President Donald Tusk told reporters at a summit of the bloc’s leaders in Brussels. “All those who are not legitimate asylum-seekers will have no guarantee that they will stay in Europe.”