The European Union (EU) agreed, on Tuesday, September 22, to move 120,000 refugees across their 28 states, overruling four ex-communist eastern nations’ oppositions, stated Daily Mail.
“A majority of the member states are ready to move forward but not all of them,” stated the EU’s council migration commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, as reported Huffington Post.
In June, an emergency called for 40,000 people to be relocated, but that has not been implemented. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed 120,000
more people to be relocated. The relocation details are not worked out but the negotiations continue on October 8, reported Huffington Post.
“The Council did, however, finalize an emergency mechanism earlier Monday that will initially relocate 32,256 refugees from the ‘frontline’ countries of Greece and Italy over the next two years. The council’s aim is to raise this figure to 40,000 by December 2015,” reported Huffington Post.
Hundreds of families are making a dangerous journey to Germany where they are taking 800,000 refugees, reported Zakat Foundation of America.
“Thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones in search of greater opportunities… Is this not what we want for our own children?” states Pope Francis, as reported Daily Mail.
For those countries that agree to help, 6,000 euros are given, by the EU, per relocated person. Other temporary measures are being considered among the council members, Huffington Post stated.