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EU’s Migrant Crisis Forces US to Consider Assistance - White House

© REUTERS / Yuri GripasWhite House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington September 3, 2015.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington September 3, 2015. - Sputnik International
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According to White House spokesperson Josh Earnest, the US would reconsider ways to help the countries that are bearing the brunt of the migrantion burden.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The worsening refugee situation in Europe is forcing the United States to reconsider ways to help the affected countries, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

"The [refugee] situation is not new, and our effort to try to assist those countries that are bearing the brunt of this situation is not new," Earnest stated. "But it does appear that this situation is worsening, and that's why the United States is going to continue to consider additional steps that we can take to help those countries that are bearing the brunt of this burden right now."

Earnest explained that some of the additional steps could require congressional approval, but added that Washington had already provided "significant financial support."

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, but primarily fleeing the violence in Syria, have fled to European countries hesitant to grant them entry.

More than 340,000 refugees have traveled to EU borders between January and July, three times higher than the same period last year, according to Frontex, the EU external border protection agency.

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