European Commission proposes refugee quotas

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A handout photograph provided by the British Royal Navy shows a rigid Inflatable Boat from HMS Bulwark (R) coming to the rescue of a boat full of individuals in the Mediterranean Sea. HMS Bulwark, working with the Italian Coast Guard, on 07 May investigated a large rubber boat with approximately 110 individuals on board. The Italian coast guard said the British navy ship contributed to the rescue of about 100 migrants from a sinking dinghy off the Libyan coast. Italy is continuing to face an influx of sea migrants. Interior Ministry official Mario Morcone said in a parliamentary hearing that there had been 33,000 landings since January 2015, a 15-per-cent increase from the same period of 2014.

Quota proposal faces large opposition from UK, Ireland, Hungary

The European Commission is once again shrouding itself with the veil of controversy, as it will make a proposal that EU member states should only accept refugees under a quota scheme, a move welcomed by countries such as Germany, Italy and Malta.
The United Nations estimates that over 60,000 people have already tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, resulting in the highest number of fatalities yet as more than 1,800 migrants have died this year in the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on ...

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