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EU ministers approve plan to relocate 120,000 migrants

Some countries were opposed, the Twitter post from the Luxembourg mission to the European Union indicated.

By: AP |
September 22, 2015 10:03:31 pm

 

EU, EU migrants, European Union, Europe migrants, EU refugees, Europe refugee crisis A woman carries a baby as she goes through a police line in front of a reception center in Opatovac, Croatia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Scuffles have broken out between Croatian police and asylum-seekers after they were barred from entering a newly opened reception center meant to register those seeking sanctuary in Europe. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

European Union interior minister meeting in Brussels have approved a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across Europe.

Some countries were opposed, the Twitter post from the Luxembourg mission to the European Union indicated. It said the decision was adopted by a “large majority” of the EU’s 28 member states, without naming the opponents.

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Some countries in Eastern Europe have resisted accepting the forced resettlement of refugees on their territory.

Luxembourg currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, and presided over Tuesday’s meeting of interior and justice ministers in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Croatia has started letting in trucks cross its border with Serbia after Serbia’s prime minister gave the European Union a deadline to persuade Croatia to resume all cargo traffic that was halted after a surge of migrants over their mutual frontier.

Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday that Croatia’s closure of the main border crossing for cargo trucks early Monday is “a scandal of international proportions.”

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Croatian media said that only trucks loaded with foodstuffs would be allowed to cross. Serbian media said that all trucks that have been stranded on the Serbian side of the border are going through.

Landlocked Serbia has said it is losing millions of dollars a day because of the blockade.

Croatia, which has last week closed all but one border crossing with Serbia, wants to pressure Serbia to stop sending the migrants toward Croatian borders and rather channel them further north to Hungary.

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More than 30,000 migrants have crossed from Serbia to Croatia since Hungary closed its borders a week ago.

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First published on: 22-09-2015 at 10:03:31 pm
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