EU AT BREAKING POINT: ‘Almost full’ Europe close to saying NO to more migrants, says Tusk
EUROPE is “close to the limit” on accepting a new wave of refugees, according to EU bigwig Donald Tusk.
More and more migrants have fled to Europe to escape political instability and war in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya.
More than a quarter of a million have risked their lives to reach European borders this year alone.
But now the EU is almost full up according to Mr Tusk, who has urged the international community outside of Europe to do more to help resettle those seeking refuge.
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Donald Tusk urged G20 members to support Europe in resettling migrants
Speaking ahead of his visit to the G20 in China, the European Council President said: “The practical capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits.”
Leaders are meeting in the Chinese city an hour from Shanghai to discuss a number of global issues including trade and terror.
Mr Tusk has now pleaded with his fellow G20 leaders to do more to support the world refugee crisis.
Donald Tusk made the comments to world leaders at G20 summit
More than a quarter of a million have risked their lives to reach Europe
The practical capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits
He told them: “In light of an unprecedented number of 65million displaced people all over the world, the G20 community needs to scale up its share of responsibility.
“Only global efforts supporting refugees and their host communities will be able to bear fruit.
“That is why we want to encourage our partners to increase humanitarian and development aid, as well as refugee resettlement.
“We need to address the root causes that force millions of people to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere.”
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Tusk pleaded with his fellow G20 leaders to do more to support refugees
Last week, the US met its target or resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees.
But the number is just a drop in the ocean compared to the amount EU states have had to take in.
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Turkey, a much smaller country, is hosting 2.7million displaced Syrians, according to UN figures.
In France, 33,255 asylum applications have been made so far this year, with a further 16,955 made in the UK.
Germany however have accepted the largest amounts of the Western EU states, hosting 295,870 this year.
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