Brussels prepares refugee proposal for EU countries

THE European Commission will be asking Spain to take in another 14,931 refugees currently in Italy, Greece and Hungary over the next two years in an attempt to resolve the refugee crisis which has worsened drastically this summer.

The European government confirmed on Friday (September 4) that it will be asking EU countries to take in another 120,000 refugees in a packet of measures to be proposed this Wednesday (September 9).

The Commission will propose that 54,000 refugees currently in Hungary, 50,000 in Greece and 15,600 in Italy (62 per cent of the total arrivals over the last few months) be spread amongst other countries.

The draft proposal, leaked by Dutch newspaper De Volkstrant, will be asking Germany to take in another 31,443 refugees and France another 24,031 and other countries smaller amounts.

The European government will be providing €6,000 grants for refugees taken in by each member state and is also considering a system to make countries which refuse to take in their allotted refugees pay.

Although the UK, Ireland and Denmark are not obliged to take part they may do so individually.

Another proposal due to be put forward is a common list of safe countries of origin to speed up the process of dealing with asylum seekers. Although various European countries including Spain already have this type of list on a national level, they vary from country to country and are not obligatory.

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