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Amid refugee crisis, Merkel calls for quota system

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:52

European governments are still struggling to find answers to the continent's growing refugee and migrant crisis, although Germany's Angela Merkel is now calling for Europe to adopt a quota system. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On the border of Hungary and Serbia, refugees are on the run once again. After days of waiting in this overcrowded transit camp, many refuse to wait any longer. Increasingly, the pressure on Europe's leaders is intensifying...as they struggle to determine where the refugees should be sent. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe must implement a joint system for dealing with asylum seekers... and agree to quotas. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "This joint European asylum system cannot just exist on paper but must also exist in practice - I say that because it lays out minimum standards for accommodating refugees and the task of registering refugees." Germany took in more than 100,000 asylum seekers last month and is preparing for 800,000 in total this year. Countries like Poland and Hungary have so far rejected calls for a quota. At the United Nations in Geneva, the UN's Peter Sutherland warns the Europe's open border system, called Schengen, is at risk of collapse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT, PETER SUTHERLAND, SAYING: "Schengen, most definitely, could fall apart, and probably will fall apart, if we don't get a common European policy." Sutherland says all countries must take their fair share of refugees. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT, PETER SUTHERLAND, SAYING: "That includes the United States, it includes Canada, Australia, Latin America and the Far East. They all have a responsibility." But turning words into action is proving difficult...with the number of refugee and migrant arrivals already surpassing 350,000 this year.

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Amid refugee crisis, Merkel calls for quota system

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:52