Juncker calls for the redistribution of 160,000 refugees

“160,000 is the number of refugees Europe should take in its arms,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said during his first ever State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (9 September).

Addressing MEPs at the European Parliament, Juncker used much of his speech to unveil the new Commission plan to deal with the migration crisis, including the relocation across member states of an additional 120,000 asylum seekers, and the introduction of binding quotas.

“The right to asylum is one of the main EU values,” Juncker said. “It’s a matter of humanity and human dignity,” he added.

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