Germany offers 80% of EU places to house refugees

Germany is to offer 80% of total EU pledges to resettle Syrian refugees - just, 12,000 of the 2.3 million who have fled the country.

  • 10 member states have together offered 12,000 humanitarian places to those affected by the crisis.
  • 0.5% will be given places out of the 2.3 million people who have fled Syria.
  • Germany has pledged to take 10,000 refugees.
  • France has offered 500 places.
  • Spain has pledged 30 places.
  • The remaining 27 member states have offered to take 2,340 refugees.

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