UN High Commissioner for Refugees Calls on European Union to Admit up to 200,000 Refugees

By Jeff Najjar

Antonio Guterres—the UN high commissioner for refugees—has called on the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 refugees as part of a mass relocation program that would be binding on EU states. EU foreign ministers are due to meet on Friday to discuss the continent’s rising refugee crisis. Guterres’s appeal, echoed by France and Germany, recommends establishing EU quotas to share the burden of an increase of migrants and refugees, which has significantly impacted Greece, Italy and several countries in southeastern and central Europe. Guterres’s call for the EU to admit refugees has several opponents who are concerned about protecting their respective borders amidst the flow of migrants and refugees into the EU.