France backs migrants quota call

France backs migrants quota call

France supports a plan to distribute asylum-seekers among European countries by quota, the country’s top security official has said, saying the current system puts an unfair burden on a handful of nations.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio that France backs the plan, which is unravelling in the face of opposition among European Union countries.

France, along with Sweden and Germany, are among a few countries accepting refugees.

The EU’s executive commission is due to propose the plan on Wednesday as part of a strategy to help frontline countries Italy, Greece and Malta cope with thousands of migrants.

Mr Cazeneuve also called for Europe to come up with a way to distinguish between economic immigration and asylum and organise the asylum before migrants risk their lives.

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