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EU Urges Member States To Share Migrant Burden

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