Monday, October 26, 2015

EU: 100,000 Places for Migrants in Reception Centers

The European Union -- in an effort to ease the burden on Greece and eastern European countries caused by the influx of migrants --says it will set up 100,000 places in reception centers in Greece and along the migrants' route through the Balkans.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said early Monday after an emergency summit Sunday in Brussels with several leaders of EU nations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of non-EU eastern European countries, that 50,000 places would be created in Greece and another 50,000 throughout the Balkans.

Juncker said the reception places will be vital in providing shelter, registering the migrants and helping better manage the flow of the migrants.

"This is one of the greatest litmus tests Europe has ever faced," Merkel said Monday about the continent's migrant crisis, which some see as a border security problem and others view as a humanitarian challenge...

1 comment:

  1. Leaders from 11 European countries on Sunday agreed on a 17-point plan of action to tackle challenges arising from refugee flows along the Western Balkans route...

    They will nominate contact points within 24 hours to allow daily exchanges and coordination to achieve gradual, controlled and orderly movement of refugees along the route.

    Countries along the route pledged to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and increase efforts to manage borders.

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that refugees need to be treated in a humane manner along the route to avoid a humanitarian tragedy in Europe.

    "I am therefore pleased that today we were able to jointly agree on a 17-point plan of pragmatic and operational measures to ensure people are not left to fend for themselves in the rain and cold," he said.


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