EU quota plan for migrants

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France and Germany say an EU Commission plan to redistribute 40,000 asylum seekers across the EU needs revision.

A joint statement from their interior ministers said the EU “distribution key” for giving member states a quota of migrants ought to “take better account of efforts already made”.

They also called for Italy and other frontline states in the migration crisis to step up border surveillance.

The EU plan calls on states to house 40,000 new migrants in a quota system.

France and Germany would be among the biggest recipients of the migrants under the planned distribution mechanism, which covers 40,000 refugees in total with Eritrean or Syrian nationality. They are among those expected to arrive in Italy and Greece over the next two years.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere said the right balance of quotas “has not yet been reached”.

They said “detailed discussions will be necessary at European level” to reach a balance between “responsibility and solidarity”.

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