Germany to take half a million refugees as Greek isles overwhelmed

Germany said it could take half a million refugees annually over several years as Greek islands struggled Tuesday to process a huge backlog of migrants desperate to travel to western Europe. Reflecting deepening concern, the European Union’s president warned the EU faced a years-long refugee crisis, while the UN urged countries worldwide to help tackle the problem. Germany, which has previously said it would take in 800,000 asylum-seekers this year, would continue accepting “a greatly disproportionate share” among EU members “because we are an economically strong country,” Gabriel said.

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