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    Italy Ready to Establish Hotspots for Refugees

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    Italy is ready to establish hotspots for migrants and calls for the fair distribution of all refugees arriving in the country, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Thursday.

    ROME (Sputnik) — Renzi said at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande that Italy was ready to create hotspots on its territory and redistribute migrants arriving in the country among the EU states.

    The so-called Hotspot approach is designed to quickly identify, register and fingerprinting refugees entering the European Union.

    The head of the Italian government stressed that the European Union had been established with the aim to break barriers but not to construct them.

    European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday he would convene an extraordinary Council summit on September 23 amid the current refugee crisis.

    Earlier in the day, the European Parliament voted in favor of redistributing some 120,000 refugees currently in Italy, Greece, and Hungary among EU member states.

    The European Union is facing a massive refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands of people, primarily from Syria but mostly from war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa, arrive to Europe seeking refuge.

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