France, Germany would accept 55,000 refugees under plan
France and Germany are preparing to accept an additional 55,000 refugees over the next two years, with France taking in 24,000 and Germany 31,000, under a proposal to be detailed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured) on Wednesday, according to several reports.
Among the topics to be covered in Junckerʼs speech are the redistribution of 160,000 asylum-seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other EU member states, the Guardian reported this afternoon.
France’s president François Hollande also said he plans to call a summit of European leaders to address the crisis, adding that a system of binding quotas needs to be enforced in order to handle the refugee crisis, the daily noted. Eastern European countries have voiced their strong objections to the quota system, and the EU is currently trying to find a workaround for this problem, according to reports.
Juncker’s proposal is intended to place EU agencies in charge of registering and fingerprinting asylum seekers from Italy and Greece, an idea strongly supported by Germany which claims that the two countries have deliberately avoided registering refugees so as to not have to take them back from other EU member states, the Guardian reported.
Juncker will also propose a standard list of safe countries of origin, clarifying the confusion around the countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also stressed the need for a separate system for a asylum seekers from the Balkans, the daily added.
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