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EU Urges Member States To Share Migrant Burden

Migrants Stuck On Border Head To Athens For Way Outi
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March 10, 2016
Some migrants and refugees who have been stranded for more than a week on Greece's border with Macedonia, have decided to go to Athens instead. Buses arrived offering to take the migrants to the Greek capital for 25 euros each, getting them away from the dire conditions in the makeshift border camps. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
WATCH: Migrants Stuck On Border Head To Athens For Way Out

The European Union has urged its member states to start admitting 6,000 refugees each month from Greece and Italy to help ease Europe's migrant burden.

The EU adopted a scheme in September to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy. Seven months later only about 900 people have been moved to other countries.

European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters on March 10 that several member countries have not yet offered to take a single asylum seeker.

He said the scheme is key to managing the migrant influx. 

"If relocation does not work then the whole system will collapse," Avramopoulos warned. 

But he added that he's optimistic that the goal can be achieved.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP 
 

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