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Cut funds to states that turn away refugees- Italy tells EU

Cut funds to states that turn away refugees- Italy tells EU

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Italy has slammed fellow European Union members for not doing enough to take their share of refugees.

Since the start of October more than 10,000 people from North Africa have added to the 460,000 refugees Italy is housing as one of the frontline states in the migrant crisis.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has called for the EU funding of uncooperative countries to be slashed.

In a parliamentary address Renzi said Italy must lead the way in taking a very tough position towards those countries that have received a lot of money for joining and belonging to the bloc which they have used to stimulate their economies but who he claims are now shirking their commitments towards relocating immigrants.”

Countries such as Hungary earlier this month voted against any future EU quotas. However, more than 98 percent have opposed accepting any such plans. Prime Minister Robert Fico earlier this month, said Slovakia wants the EU to drop the relocation plan work on an alternative.

Out of around 39,000 refugees due to be relocated from Italy only 1300 have been moved according to the European Commission. Renzi stressed positive aspects of EU membership must be balanced by responsibilities.

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