EU countries pledge to take 34000 refugees

Brussels, Nov 16: EU states have pledged to take 34,000 refugees directly from Africa and the Middle East, officials said after the UN slammed the bloc’s “inhuman” cooperation with Libya to stop migrant boats. Sixteen countries have so far offered places to meet the European Commission’s goal announced in September of taking at least 50,000 refugees over the next two years under the bloc’s resettlement programme.
The scheme is aimed at discouraging migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.