EU plans to resettle at least 50,000 more refugees

Migrants pull an overcrowded dinghy with Syrian and Afghan refugees arriving from the Turkish coasts to the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Santi Palacios / AP

The European Union announced it has set aside 500 million euros ($587 million) to resettle at least 50,000 more refugees over the next two years, per AP. The EU said it wants refugees in Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia to be the priority to discourage migrant boats from making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Why it matters: European countries are ultimately responsible for deciding their own resettlement numbers, and are not bound by the EU's pledge.