Tuesday 17 January 2017

EU ministers to discuss sharing refugees among nations

Published 14/09/2015 | 08:36

A young man flashes a victory sign as he arrives with another migrant at a temporary holding center for migrants early in the morning near the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A young man flashes a victory sign as he arrives with another migrant at a temporary holding center for migrants early in the morning near the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

European Union ministers are to meet for emergency migration talks a day after Germany reintroduced checks at its border with Austria to stem the flow of refugees.

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The ministers will try to narrow a divide over how to share responsibility for thousands of migrants arriving each day and ease the burden on frontline states.

Their talks will focus on distributing 160,000 refugees over the next two years.

The arrival of around 500,000 migrants so far this year has taken the EU by surprise and it has responded slowly.

The ministers will confirm the distribution of an initial 40,000 refugees, but this scheme was conceived in May and some nations still do not plan to take their full share before year's end.

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