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EU urges solidarity on migrant wave, plans to enforce rules

EU urges solidarity on migrant wave, plans to enforce asylum rules

EU urges solidarity on migrant wave, plans to enforce rules

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is urging member countries to show solidarity with partners bearing the brunt of the migration wave in the Mediterranean, and has warned that it plans to enforce asylum rules.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that asylum rules "are not broken, they are not applied properly and it is time for us to apply the existing rules properly."

His comments came as he unveiled the EU executive arm's migration agenda, the cornerstone of its response to a refugee influx that has left some 1,700 people dead in the Mediterranean in recent weeks.

The plan foresees the eventual introduction of national quotas that would oblige the 28 member countries to share migrants with frontline states like Italy, Greece and Malta.


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:17 GMT+08:00