Austria wants to move away from the distribution of refugees in the EU


Brussels (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants to abolish the controversial distribution of refugees in the European Union.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz addresses the media after a cabinet meeting in Vienna, Austria, on October 10, 2018. REUTERS / Heinz-Peter Bader

"There is a growing awareness in the EU that mandatory quotas will not come," Kurz said Wednesday after the first day of the EU summit in Brussels. Therefore it would formulate a proposal for binding solidarity. Every member state should make a contribution, but it could seem very different. The approach could get more approval in the EU than the planned distribution.

The distribution of migrants on the basis of fixed quotas decided at the height of the refugee crisis has never begun. Above all the states of Eastern Europe have refused. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had already launched a similar move a month ago. Those who can not accept refugees should help in other ways, such as financial support.

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