EU ministers divided over immigration quotas

  • 2003-09-18
  • Fabrice Randoux
AFP ROME - European Union interior ministers agreed on Sept. 19 to consider a proposalby the 15-nation bloc's Italian presidency to introduce quotas for legalimmigrants, although some remained cautious on the politically sensitiveissue.Rome is presenting the quotas plan as a way of persuading non-EU countriesto commit themselves to fighting illegal immigration and to signing accordswith the EU to return illegal immigrants to their countries of origin.Under the proposals ‹ which are broadly welcomed by southern EU countriesbut more cautiously received in northern member states ‹ each EU stat...
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