BRUSSELS (AP) — The President of the European Union's executive on Wednesday called for the emergency relocation of 120,000 people in need of international protection who have entered the EU through Italy, Greece and Hungary to 22 of the EU's 28 nations. Britain, Denmark and Ireland are not legally obliged to take part, but may choose to; Italy, Greece and Hungary are excluded because of the numbers of migrants already in those countries.
The refugee-sharing plan is similar to a scheme announced in April to relocate 40,000 refugees from Italy and Greece. That proposal was never fully accepted. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that 500,000 migrants are believed to have arrived so far this year.
Here is what the spread of the 160,000 refugees among EU countries would be should they agree by a large majority to accept the new plan:
Czech Republic 4,306
Greece and Italy have taken in by far the most migrants and refugees from outside the EU via the Mediterranean this year.
Here's a look at the top five countries of origin of the migrants who arrived in those two EU countries this year through Sept. 1, according to the International Office of Migration:
Origins of those arriving in Greece (who arrive via Turkey, almost entirely by boat by way of six Greek islands near the Turkish coast)
Origins of those arriving in Italy (many across the Mediterranean from Libya, which has been unstable and lawless in many areas in recent years.)