European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a quota plan Wednesday to tackle Europe’s mounting migrant crisis, proposing to relocate an additional 120,000 refugees among EU countries. Juncker outlined the plan in a “state of the union” address, which included proposals for a permanent relocation system to “deal with crisis situations more swiftly in the future,” strengthening the EU’s common asylum system and reviewing the policy that requires people to claim asylum in the state where they first enter the EU. The plan would relocate 60 percent of migrants now in Italy, Greece, and Hungary to Germany, France, and Spain. Each country’s quota would depend on GDP, population, unemployment rate, and asylum applications already processed. Countries refusing to take in migrants would face financial penalties. Australia also announced plans to accept 12,000 Syrian refugees.
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