European countries can only solve the refugee crisis if they actually put earlier agreements into practice, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday afternoon.
The prime minister was speaking ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels to thrash out a European response to the migration issue and to win Turkey’s support for stemming the flow of Syrian refugees.
The Netherlands is already doing more than the average European country, Rutte is quoted as saying by news agency ANP.
‘We are pulling more than our weight,’ he said. ‘We are already doing more than we should.’
The prime minister pointed to earlier agreements to improve the monitoring of Europe’s borders and to improve provisions for refugees in their region of origin.
The Netherlands is only prepared to agree to take more refugees under an EU-resettlement programme if registration systems are working properly, he said.
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