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UN Urges U.S., Europe To Take In More Refugees

A spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency has said he welcomes a U.S. offer to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, but that Washington "could and should do much more."

UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said in Geneva on September 11 that his agency was "closely following" the role of the military in Hungary as it copes with the influx of migrants, adding that military and police must respect the rights of refugees.

Spindler welcomed a European Union commitment to take in 160,000 refugees and called for "reception centers" to be set up immediately in the most affected countries -- Greece, Italy, and Hungary.

He said the EU will have to relocate 200,000 people from those countries by the end of 2016.

He added that the UNHCR is sending prefabricated housing units for 300 refugee families to Hungary.

The UNHCR says more than 380,000 migrants, about half of them Syrians, have crossed into Europe this year and that figure is "expected to continue rising rapidly over the coming weeks and months."

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP