Europe unveils plan to admit more refugees

The BBC reports today that in a effort to discourage immigrants from risking their lives by crossing the Mediterranean Sea on rickety boats, often at the mercy of human traffickers,

The European Commission has unveiled plans to allow more refugees from conflict zones and poor nations into European countries.

The UN says 65,596 refugees were resettled worldwide last year, but the EU accepted just 4,378, or 6.7%. The Commission – the EU’s executive arm – says this “contrasts sharply with the numbers taken in by many other countries in the industrialized world, particularly the U.S., Canada and Australia”.

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