EU leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrants, reject migrant quota system

EU leaders agreed that 40,000 migrants would be relocated from Italy and Greece to other EU countries over the next two years. Another 20,000 would be resettled from outside Europe to EU member states,

However, the European Commission’s proposed quota system was rejected and a voluntary system will apply instead.

“It is not important if it is voluntary or mandatory. I think the idea of giving reasonable process to 60,000 people represents a modest effort. Let´s be honest about that,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a press conference on Friday.

European leaders gathered in Brussels for a two-day meeting to discuss immigration issues in the Mediterranean and Greece.

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