Spain, in U-turn, says will take as many refugees as EU proposes

September 8, 2015 18:28


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Spain is ready to accept as many refugees as proposed by the European Commission, the country said on Tuesday, a sharp change of heart after arguing it was being asked to take too many.

"Spain will take the refugees that the European Union asks us to," Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said in an interview on La Sexta television.

Saenz de Santamaria did not discuss numbers but the EU's executive arm is set to propose national quotas on Wednesday to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers arriving in Greece, Hungary and Italy, allocating more than 19,000 to Spain.

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