European Union and Balkan leaders have decided to add shelter for 100,000 refugees, one of 17 measures they devised to tackle the large number of people forced to come into the continent from war-torn parts of the Middle-East and Africa. The European Commission announced on Monday that the 100,000 new “reception spaces”, will be available to refugees going towards Greece from Germany. Around 50,000 of these will be in Greece, and the remaining in Balkan countries including Macedonia and Serbia, Al Jazeera reported.
Representatives of 11 nations had met in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis, and decided to start collecting biometric data at the borders, instead of “just waving people through”. The commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker said the refugees would be treated humanely. Nearly 250,000 people have come into the region since September.