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Nov 14, 2016

The EU "won't take legal action" against countries who refuse migrants

The EU is signaling it won't take legal action against countries that refuse to share refugees as long as the overall target number of people finds new homes

The European Union is signaling it won't take legal action against countries that refuse to share refugees from Greece and Italy as long as the overall target number of people finds new homes.

EU countries agreed just over a year ago to relocate 160,000 refugees from overwhelmed Greece and Italy by September 2017 and set obligatory quotas for each nation.

While almost 7,000 refugees have been moved, Austria, Denmark and Hungary haven't accepted any, AP reports today

European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said that "it should be possible to relocate everyone and that is what it is important to focus on."

Asked when legal action might come against those refusing to help, she said that if the overall target "is achieved, then that was the purpose of the relocation program in the first place."