EU Agrees To Force Several Members To Take In Migrants

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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The European Union will force several of its members to take in refugees under a new agreement reached Tuesday providing for the resettlement of 120,000 migrants.

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia opposed the deal reached during an emergency meeting of EU interior ministers, but were overruled, reported The Wall Street Journal. The plan is to make room in frontline countries, such as Greece and Italy, by relocating present refugees elsewhere.

The Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia will be forced to take in some of the refugees under the plan, an EU diplomat told The New York Times after the vote Tuesday. (RELATED: US Has Half The Population, Six Times The Migrants Of Latin America)

Hungary — which built a wire fence and sent its military to the border — rejected a plan to relocate 54,000 of its refugees, apparently because that would entail accepting future migrants. The country fought earlier plans to establish quotas per country based on wealth and other criteria, and apparently won an exemption from the deal.

The 120,000 refugees accounted for in the plan are just a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of migrants expected to continue pouring into the EU. Germany alone expects to take in one million migrants in the next year.

In response to the crisis, President Barack Obama has ordered the admission of at least 10,000 Syrian migrants into the U.S. in the next year, as part of an extra 45,000 refugees that will be admitted in the next two years. (RELATED: White House Launches Campaign To Help Immigrants Sign Up For Citizenship)

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