EU agrees on 120,000 refugees

EU countries reached an agreement to distribute a further 120,000 asylum seekers, according to Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere who spoke at a press conference after a meeting of ministers in Brussels attended by Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

That agreement does not, however, include quotas or exact details about how the distribution will occur, matters that will be tabled until the next meeting of EU ministers scheduled for October 8.

"This is an important first step," said Maiziere according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, and as quoted by daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

EU interior ministers gathered in Brussels today for an emergency meeting about the refugee crisis. During the meeting countries were to have discussed so-called "safe countries." Those might include countries in the western Balkans where many asylum seekers enter the EU only to be denied most often.