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Migrants waiting to disembark in Italy last week.
Migrants waiting to disembark in Italy last week.
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Ireland has agreed to accept more migrants than originally planned

It’s part of a new EU plan to tackle the Mediterranean refugee crisis.
May 14th 2015, 7:41 AM 19,451 182

IRELAND HAS AGREED to accept more migrants than was originally planned under a new EU quota.

The new measures proposed by the European Commission has seen Ireland agree to accept an extra 300 migrants, it was expected to take 272.

Ireland has already committed to resettling 220 people, mainly Syrian, up to 2016.

The plan comes following the recent Mediterranean refugee crisis, it aims to bring 20,000 refugees into Europe in the next two years.

This is the first time the EU proposed introducing migrant quotas for member states.

Britain has been critical of the plan and has decided not to participate. Ireland also had a choice to opt out but instead decided to take on more people.

Germany is taking the highest number of refugees, followed by France, Italy and Spain.

As it stands, Italy and other southern European countries are dealing with a huge influx of migrants.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sent a tweet yesterday saying, “No country should be left alone to address huge migratory pressures.”

Read: Why the death toll in the Mediterranean is surging>

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