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Live Reporting

By Yaroslav Lukov, Joel Gunter, Alexandra Fouché, Jasmine Coleman and Nick Eardley

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    That brings to an end today's live coverage of the EU migrant crisis, as interior ministers from the 28-member bloc voted in Brussels to relocate 120,000 people across Europe.

    The deal was adopted by a majority vote, with four members from Central Europe opposing the quota principle.

    The agreement - which will take effect over the next two years - will still need to be ratified by EU leaders at a second meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

    Thanks for staying with us, you can follow developments on this and other stories on the BBC News website.

  2. Post update

    In Latvia, an anti-immigration rally was held in the capital Riga, with some participants describing quota proposals as "criminal".

    Anti-immigration rally in Riga, Latvia
  3. Hungary 'will respect' deal

    Hungary - who voted against the deal - said it would abide by Tuesday's ruling.

    "This is a decision we are going to respect and we are going to fulfil," Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said.

  4. 'Two-way street'

    EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos describes the relocation deal as a "historic move for migration policy at European level".

    But he warns that "this agreement is a two-way street".

    "We ask member states who will benefit from these measures to reinforce and improve their national asylum systems, especially in the areas of fingerprinting, border surveillance".

  5. Women migrants 'collapse'

    Meanwhile, thousands of migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos - often making a perilous journey across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.

    In this picture, two women are seen being treated after they apparently collapsed on the shore.

    Two women collapse as they arrive on Lesbos, Greece
  6. Deal is "mistake" - Czech reaction

    Czech President Milos Zeman, whose country was one of the four EU members to vote against the relocation deal, said via his spokesman that "only the future will show what a mistake this [the deal] was".

    Meanwhile, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka added that "in no way do quotas move us forward on resolving the true causes of the migration crisis. All they are is a form of comfort for the public in those countries which are part of the migrant flow.

    "Tomorrow [Wednesday] the cabinet will meet and discuss how to proceed," he added.

  7. Testing European unity

    Chris Morris

    BBC News, Brussels

    "Criticism is already ringing out from countries that voted against the relocation scheme - but under EU law they are now obliged to take part.

    "It is highly unusual - unprecedented really - for a majority vote to be used in a situation like this, which involves basic issues of national sovereignty. But the European Commission says is determined to enforce what was agreed.

    "What's not yet clear is what will happen if any country simply refuses to comply - and that has certainly been the suggestion from some capitals. Will financial sanctions be sufficient? It is another sign that this crisis is testing European unity like no other.

  8. 'Diktat of the majority'

    Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico has said he would rather risk infringing EU rules than implement mandatory refugee quotas, the AFP news agency is reporting. 

    "I would rather go to an infringement against the Slovak Republic than to respect this diktat of the majority, which was unable to push through its opinion using rational arguments and reach a consensus within the EU," Mr Fico told the Slovak TA3 news channel, according to the agency. 

  9. 'I was a refugee, I know how it feels'

    The BBC's Orla Guerin is at the Opatovac transit camp in Croatia, the scene of unrest earlier today.

  10. Czech Republic ready to go to court

    No EU member state has the right to refuse a decision approved by the majority (although the Slovak PM claims that he will - see 17.24). 

    They do have the right to appeal against the decision however, and the Czech Republic is planning to do exactly that, Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn told reporters. 

    The nation will have to take their case to the European Court of Justice, but they will have a fight on their hands, Mr Asselborn said.

    "The Commission and those that must defend the treaties will take this on," he said.

    Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission, said that the dissenting countries had agreed to a vote and must accept the outcome of that vote. 

    "We know that some member states were not in favour of the proposal but those member states said we will have the vote," Mr Timmermans said. 

    "What anyone voted around the table is no longer relevant once you have a decision ... we will make sure that the decision is implemented."

  11. 'Sharing the burden'

    Peter Sutherland, the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, has called on every member state to participate.

    His comments may be directed at those who voted against the proposals and who have since indicated they are not willing to accept the decision.

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  12. Vote 'risks alienating major European states'

    The European Conservatives and Reformists Group, a group of MEPs founded by the UK Conservative Party, claims that Tuesday's divisive vote risks "alienating major European states makes finding common solutions even harder."

    Timothy Kirkhope, a spokesman for the group, said:

    Quote Message: My greatest fear is that forcing such a divisive issue to a vote will have negative consequences in the long run. All 28 EU countries need to work together to manage this crisis and alienating major European states makes finding common solutions even harder. This is not a long-term solution to this crisis; It is a sticking plaster, and the way it has been handled diminishes much of the good will that will be needed to find genuine long-term and more permanent solutions. We hear a lot about 'solidarity' in the EU. Enforcing a plan on a country that is strongly opposed to it is not solidarity, it is compulsion."
  13. First refugees arrive in the UK

    The first of 20,000 Syrian refugees to be taken in by the UK over the next five years have arrived in the country.

    Here's what the British Home Office said: 

    Quote Message: We are working closely with the with UNHCR and local authorities to make sure we are ready to welcome more Syrians who desperately need our assistance. Today a number of people have arrived in the UK as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme."

    Announcing the move last month, British PM David Cameron said the UK had a "moral responsibility" to help those living in camps bordering Syria. He said refugees accepted by Britain would come from camps - not those who are already in Europe.

  14. Cazeneuve: 'Crushing majority'

    More reaction to the Brussels deal.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the agreement as "an important step" that was approved by a "crushing majority" of the 28 ministers present.

    "This decision is testament to the capacity of Europe to take responsibility and progress," he said.

  15. Post update

    A young boy makes a face aboard a train transporting migrants and refugees to Serbia after they crossed the Greek-Macedonian border on Tuesday.

    A boy makes a grimace aboard a train transporting migrants and refugees to Serbia after they crossed the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on September 22, 2015
  16. Slovak PM: No quotas while I am in charge

    Strong words from Slovak PM Robert Fico, who has said he will refuse to implement the proposals approved today by EU ministers.

    "As long as I am prime minister, mandatory quotas will not be implemented on Slovak territory," he told the country's EU affairs committee.

    Mr Fico also accused those who voted in favour of the proposals of causing a "deep rift" among member states.

  17. 'Important building block'

    After the relocation plan was approved in Brussels, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that this was "an important building block, but no more than that".

    "What is needed in addition to this are comprehensive solutions - for example agreements with other countries such as Turkey," he said.

  18. Relocation plan details

    More on the plan to relocate 120,000 migrants agreed by EU interior ministers in Brussels.

    It envisages that migrants will be moved from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other countries in the 28-member EU.

    The plan - which will take effect over the next two years - must still be ratified by EU leaders at a second meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

  19. 'Naked emperor' :-(

    Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, who voted against the relocation proposal, is making his feelings about the result clear on Twitter, complete with an unsmiley face.

    "Very soon we will find out that the emperor is naked. Common sense lost today!"

  20. Migrant plan - not the full version?

    The plan just adopted by EU interior ministers may not be the full proposals by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, tweets the FT's Henry Foy. Watch this space.

  21. Majority vote 'highly unusual'

    Chris Morris

    BBC News, Brussels

    "It is highly unusual for an issue like this - which involves national sovereignty - to be decided by majority vote rather than unanimous decision."

  22. Relocation plan adopted by 'large majority'

    EU interior ministers have voted in favour of a plan to relocate 120,000 refugees from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other members states.

    The "large majority" voted for the proposal, the EU's Luxembourg presidency said on Twitter, overcoming opposition from Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

    Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec Tweeted: "We, Slovaks, Romanians, Hungarians against, and Finland abstained. The resolution was accepted."

  23. Croatia 'lifts cargo blockade'

    Croatia has now lifted its blockade on cargo traffic crossing the border from Serbia, according to Serbian state news agency Tanjug.

    Serbia had threatened to retaliate against Croatia earlier on Tuesday over the ban.

    Relations between the two ex-Yugoslav republics have deteriorated over the past few days as thousands of refugees and migrants attempt to cross from Serbia into Croatia.

    Croatian police blocked off part of the border on Tuesday, leaving more than 2,000 refugees stranded between the Croatian village of Tovarnik and the Serbian town of Sid.

  24. BreakingBreaking News

    EU ministers approve plans to relocate 120,000 migrants, with Hungary and the Czech Republic among four members voting against the proposal.

    More details to follow...

  25. Hungary warns illegal migrants via Lebanese newspapers

    Hungary, which objects to EU proposals to distribute refugees among member states and is closing off its borders, has attempted to address the influx of migrants at, or at least nearer to, the source. 

    Hungarian authorities took out a full page ad in Lebanese newspapers Monday warning "illegal immigrants" that crossing into the country is "punishable by imprisonment".

  26. Serbia warns Croatia

    The war of words continues between the Serbian and Croatian premiers.

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has now claimed that Croatia violated international laws by halting all cargo traffic from Serbia because of the migrant crisis, and urged Croatia to reverse its decision or face consequences.

    "Serbia will react calmly, without violating regulations, but will show that Croatia cannot be taking the situation out on Serbia and humiliating it, and destroying Serbia's economy without consequences," Mr Vucic said.

  27. 'Our situation is very bad'

    Channel 4 reports on the refugees and migrants sleeping in a cemetery near the Serbian border.

  28. Anxiety at Croatia reception centre

    The BBC's Ron Brown is at a reception centre in Opatovac, Croatia, which saw unrest earlier in the day as migrants waited to be allowed in.

    An empty coach has now pulled up at the exit of the camp - the first one the BBC team has seen on Tuesday.

    With people anxious to board the coach, there is heavy policing to control the crowd behind the gate.

    A women and her son stand at a gate as they speak to people on September 22, 2015 from inside the Opatovac transit center for migrants and refugees,
    Image caption: A woman and her son look on from behind a gate at Opatovac reception centre in Croatia
  29. Will quota opponents be outvoted?

    Czech journalist says quota critics will lose in Brussels

    Ondrej Houska, a Czech radio correspondent in Brussels, says the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania - all critics of the proposed quota plan - are likely to be outvoted by other EU members at the summit.

    Ministers are meeting today to discuss a proposal to resettle 120,000 refugees around the EU.

  30. A surprise solution from Hungary?

    Nick Thorpe

    BBC News, Budapest

    It may be a peace offer from the most unexpected quarter, but Hungarian PM Viktor Orban is preparing to shock the EU summit with a solution of his own to the migrant crisis - and it will be costly, the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Budapest reports.

  31. 'We just want peace'

    The BBC's Will Vernon is on the Greek island of Lesbos

  32. Desperate to reach Europe

    Migrants camped out in Turkey hope for a deal in Brussels

    Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camped out in the Turkish city of Edirne, about 8km (5 miles) from the Greek border, hoping for an agreement in Brussels that will allow them into the EU.

    The local governor has implored the migrants to move, according to the BBC's Mark Lowen, but they are refusing to budge.

  33. 'We are not fools'

    Croatian PM hits out at Serbia

    Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has urged Serbia to start directing migrants towards Hungary and Romania to help ease the burden on his own country. 

    Hungary sealed its border with Serbia earlier this month, after which Serbia began directing migrants towards the border with Croatia. 

     "We are not fools, we see what they (Serbia) are doing," Mr Milanovic told reporters.

    The BBC's Anna Holligan is on the Hungary-Croatia border, where the Hungarians are extending a fence to stop migrants crossing. The border remains partially open.

  34. May: 'We need to resolve this issue today'

    Arriving in Brussels, UK Home Secretary Theresa May stressed that the UK would not take part in an EU refugee resettlement programme.

    "We need to resolve this issue today so we can actually get on with the job of dealing with the wider measures that Europe needs to take to deal with the migrant crisis," Ms May told the BBC.

    "The UK will not be participating in the relocation scheme, we have announced that we will take more refugees directly from the Syrian refugee camps. We will be resettling those people in the UK over the next few years.

    "That means we can help the most vulnerable people, and it also means that fewer people will try to make that dangerous journey into Europe, which has sadly seen so many lives lost."

  35. Reunited

    The BBC's Gavin Lee tweets a picture of Dara, a bank manager who fled Damascus and has now been reunited with his sister in Germany.

  36. 'No reason to close borders'

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    The Swiss Federal Railways website at the moment is showing all Salzburg to Zurich trains that go via Germany are cancelled, but there is one at 14:56 BST that goes direct.

    It is running, the Swiss borders remain open, and from Zurich there are very frequent trains to Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

    The Swiss authorities have increased the guard presence at the border with Austria, but have already said they see no reason to close borders.

    Switzerland is not an EU member, but is part of the Schengen agreement.

  37. Serbia's crisis meeting

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has called an urgent meeting of the country's security chiefs at 16:00 local time (15:00 BST), Serbia's B92 news website reports.

    The meeting follows Croatia's decision to close its border with Serbia for cargo traffic, the report says.

    The authorities in Croatia have been overwhelmed by migrants crossing from Serbia after Hungary sealed off its border with a razor-wire fence. There was unrest in Croatia earlier on Tuesday as migrants waited to enter a reception centre in Opatovac.

    Migrants wait in front of a registration camp in Opatovac, Croatia 22 September 2015
  38. 'Make everybody happy'

    Arriving at the EU meeting earlier, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn expressed hopes a consensus would be found in Brussels.

    "We are putting a proposal on the table today, which should make everybody happy," he said.

  39. Missing at sea

    Greek authorities say two people are missing after a boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, Associated Press reports.

    The coast guard says eight survivors were picked up by a patrol boat off the island of Lesbos earlier on Tuesday. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

    In another 13 operations, it says more than 300 people were rescued in the eastern Aegean in the last 24 hours.

  40. Makeshift canteen and clinic

    Thousands of migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey - with many crossing the Aegean Sea on overcrowded dinghies.

    Volunteers from a number of countries have set up a makeshift canteen and a health clinic to help the Greek authorities cope with the growing crisis, Reuters reports.

    Migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: 22 September 2015
  41. 'Considerable work to be done'

    Arriving at the emergency meeting, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said his country was "determined" to get a strong agreement but there was "considerable work to be done".

  42. Fears Islamic extremists are recruiting refugees

    Germany's security watchdog has reportedly warned the number of Islamic extremists in the country has risen sharply in recent months, and expressed serious concern that they were recruiting among refugees.

    The Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said the number of radical Salafists had increased to 7,900 in September from 7,500 in June, according to AFP.

    It said it believed many were trying to lure asylum seekers into their ranks under the guise of providing humanitarian aid.

  43. Spain backs quota deal

    Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, arriving for the extraordinary meeting in Brussels, said Spain supported the EU quota plan to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers.

    "We believe this is a humanitarian duty to receive those fleeing wars and horror. So we will not question the quota," he said.

    He said he was confident there would be a an agreement on the scheme, and if it could not be reached unanimously, it would be by majority vote.

    It is thought ministers want to avoid a qualified majority vote as it would impose a deal on a minority of unwilling EU countries.

  44. Why EU deal on refugees is difficult

    EU ministers are due to begin talks shortly amid continuing divisions about the way to handle the migrant crisis.

    A group of Central and East European countries have objected to a compulsory system for relocating asylum systems.

    You can read more here about why the EU is finding it so difficult to strike a deal on helping refugees.

  45. Almost half a million arrivals

    The UNHCR says a total of 477,906 people has arrived in Europe by sea so far this year.

    It released its latest figures as EU ministers prepare to discuss proposals to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers who have recently arrived in member states.

    Migrants whose boat stalled at sea while crossing from Turkey to Greece swim to approach the shore of the island of Lesbos, 20 September 2015
  46. Czech PM rejects fixed quotas

    Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has confirmed his country will reject the European Commission's proposals for fixed refugee quotas being discussed by EU ministers in Brussels, AFP news agency reports.

    "I want to confirm that both the interior minister and myself... will unequivocally reject any effort to introduce a permanent mechanism of refugee redistribution," he is quoted as saying.

    "We also reject the introduction of quotas."

  47. German train line suspended

    German train company Deutsche Bahn says it is suspending key international services between Munich and Austria and Hungary until 4 October because of the current crisis, AFP news agency reports.

    Munich, in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, has been the main entry point for those entering the country in search of a better life - but the authorities there are struggling to accommodate them.

  48. Thousands arriving despite storms

    Aid agencies on the Greek island of Lesbos say 3,000-5,000 migrants are arriving there every day, despite reports that storms are making the boat journey from Turkey more hazardous. A UNHCR representative on the island told the BBC that 4,000 new migrants were registered at the main camp there on Monday.

    Refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos
  49. UN warning

    The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned that European plans to relocate 120,000 people will not be enough to tackle the current crisis. A spokeswoman for the agency, Melissa Fleming, urged the EU to establish adequate reception facilities, particularly in Greece.

  50. Post update

    Welcome to our live page coverage of the EU migrant crisis. Today's focus will be on Brussels where EU ministers will meet to try to find an agreement on the relocation of 120,000 recently arrived asylum seekers.