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EU reluctance sinking refugee relocation plan

A boy pushes a suitcase as he walks with other migrants and refugees after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia near the village of Miratovac on January 8, 2016European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s flagship plan to stem Europe’s migration crisis by redistributing refugees around the bloc risks crumbling as EU states balk at sharing the burden, diplomats, officials and experts have told AFP. Since adopting the scheme last September to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline states Greece and Italy, European Union countries have moved at a snail’s pace, taking in just 500 people. Having pushed through his pet project for easing a crisis that saw more than one million people flood Europe’s shores last year, former Luxembourg premier Juncker last month vowed “not to give up” on the scheme.

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