The UNHCR welcomes the European Council's decision to relocate 60,000 refugees but has said the root causes behind the migrant crisis must also be addressed. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Scenes like these are becoming all too familiar. The Italian coastguard continues to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, braving the elements in hopes of a better future. Where and how to resettle them has been the debate among European leaders. But after hours of late-night squabbling in Brussels, leaders agreed to a voluntary scheme to take in 60,000 asylum seekers. Adrian Edwards of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it is a step in the right direction. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR SPOKESPERSON, ADRIAN EDWARDS, SAYING: "UNHCR welcomes last night's decision of the European Council to relocate forty thousand people in need of international protection and to resettle twenty thousand refugees. This clearly is an important step along the way to finding answers to this crisis but clearly much more will have to be done including addressing the root causes." The criteria to share migrants among member states must be decided by the end of July. But Hungary and Bulgaria have already been excluded. Hungary and others have argued their ex-Communist economies still lack the capacity to cope with housing migrants such as these.