European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans
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EU migration: 'We can't look the other way'

The European Commission has unveiled a new blueprint for dealing with the EU's migration crisis, including a controversial plan for national quotas.

The EU aims to bring 20,000 refugees to Europe in the next two years, as part of the plan, at a cost of €50m (£36m).

Under EU law the UK, Ireland and Denmark are exempt from the quota plan but the Commission is urging EU states to share the burden of processing asylum claims.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told the BBC the EU had to be more forceful to make sure real asylum seekers were helped and others sent back.

  • 13 May 2015
  • From the section Europe
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