Brussels will urge European countries to give shelter to more refugees from Africa to ease the pressure on Italy, as record numbers of people attempt the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.
The European Union executive wants all member states – including the UK – to contribute to resettling a total of 37,000 vulnerable people from five North African countries by the end of 2018. Interior ministers meeting in Tallinn on Thursday will be called on by Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU home affairs commissioner, to make voluntary pledges by the middle of September.
The appeal came as Amnesty International released a damning 31-page report linking “failing EU policies” to the rising death toll in the Mediterranean, and shocking abuses faced by refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centers.
The EU resettlement plan is focused on children, as well as victims of people smugglers and torture, from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan and Ethiopia. Most people making the perilous sea crossing from North Africa are deemed to be economic migrants not eligible for international protection. But the EU announced a relocation plan for vulnerable people as part of a package of emergency measures to help ease pressure on Italy.
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