New refugee quotas for EU nations
THE European Union (EU) executive has drawn up a new set of national quotas under which Germany will take in more than 40,000 and France 30,000 of a total of 160,000 asylum seekers it says should be relocated from Italy, Greece and Hungary, an EU source said yesterday.
About 2,500 refugees were expected to arrive in Germany via Austria by early afternoon yesterday, after an estimated 20,000 came in over the weekend.
Germany and Austria had agreed with Hungary to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim in the first EU country they reach.
The total number of refugees fleeing to Europe - most of them from Syria and others from Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Egypt - is estimated by observers to have reached 1 million this year.