The Latest: Spain Won't Commit to Taking in More Migrants – New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 1, 2015
BUDAPEST, Hungary — The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):
Spain’s conservative prime minister says his country is open to spreading out arriving refugees among the European Union’s 28 nations, but isn’t committing to take in more than the 2,739 it already has pledged to accept.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke Tuesday after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has taken more migrants than any other EU country and wants quotas to spread them out more evenly. Germany expects 800,000 migrants this year.
Rajoy said there can be no progress on the migrant dilemma until better migrant processing centers are built in Greece and Italy. Asked whether Madrid would accept compulsory migrant quotas, he said “we want to see the criteria,” which should include factors such as a country’s unemployment rate.
Mohammed, a 24-year-old economist from the Syrian city of Aleppo, says the chaos at Budapest’s Keleti train station is the worst he has seen since leaving Syria.
Hungary on Tuesday suspended all rail traffic from that station and cleared it of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany after scuffles broke out.
Mohammed said he bought a ticket to Munich for 200 euros ($225) after Hungarian police told him Monday night that they would be allowed to leave. Despite showing a Syrian passport to police guarding the platform, they told him Tuesday he could not go through because he did not have a visa for Germany.
He refused to give his last name to an AP reporter because of concerns about his family still in Aleppo.
Tensions are flaring once again at Greece’s northern border with Macedonia, where about 1,500 migrants are waiting to cross the border and head north toward the more prosperous European Union countries.
Fights and scuffles broke out Tuesday among the crowd near the Greek village of Idomeni when hundreds of people, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, attempted to rush the border being guarded by Macedonian police.
Macedonian authorities have been allowing small groups to cross at a time and head to the Gevgelija train station. Last month, Macedonian authorities briefly halted all crossings and used stun grenades and batons to push back the crowd.
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