Refugees and migrants who crossed from Turkey aboard a dinghy approach the coast of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Sept. 7, 2015.
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European leaders are proposing extra funding to help relocate thousands of people amid the continent’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today announced an extra $6.7 billion in spending on refugees in Germany next year, with half going to the nation’s 2016 federal budget and the other half to states and municipalities. Germany and Austria are advocating for quotas for each of the 28 members of the European Union.
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected this week to propose relocating 120,000 migrants in Italy, Greece and Hungary to other nations in the E.U., according to Bloomberg News. That plan may include offering 6,000 euros per refugee in funding (about $6,700) for the host country and 500 euros per migrant (about $558) to the E.U. nation where they enter.
PHOTO: Refugees and migrants take part in a protest to demand faster processing by local authorities of their registration and the issuing of travel documents, at the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Sept. 7, 2015.
Here are some of the staggering numbers that describe the crisis:
PHOTO: Migrants and refugees wait to be registered by police at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Sept. 6, 2015.
Number of displaced people internally after Syrian conflict: More than 6 million
Registered refugees to other countries after Syrian conflict: More than 4 million
Mediterranean Sea crossings by refugees and migrants so far this year: 300,000
Mediterranean Sea crossings by refugees and migrants for all of 2014: 219,000
Cap of refugees United States to accept in fiscal 2015: 70,000, unchanged from the previous year
Expected asylum seekers in Germany this year: 800,000
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