New reception spaces agreed on for Migrant crisis

EUROPEAN leaders at an emergency summit in Brussels have agreed to create 100,000 spaces in refugee reception centres.

Heads of 11 European states and three non-European have discussed how to deal with the growing number of migrants. Greece has recorded over 9,000 migrants coming into the country every day over the last week, the highest rate this year. By the end of the year, as part of the agreed deal, Greece will open reception centres for 30,000 migrants.

Twenty thousand spaces will be provided by the UN´s refugee body in addition to the 50,000 spaces in Balkan countries.

Leaders have agreed to the following as part of the deal:

  • Send 400 police officers to Slovenia within a week
  • Movements of migrants to neighbouring countries’ borders are be to discouraged
  • Migrant numbers to other countries and authorities need to be submitted by officers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “This is one of the greatest litmus tests that Europe has ever faced.” 

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