Portugal’s President offers to double refugee quota

in News · 21-04-2016 14:54:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has said that, “if necessary”, Portugal will double the number of refugees it has offered to take in.

Speaking on the sidelines of a musical event in Lisbon in aid of refugees, Rebelo de Sousa said Portugal would be open to doubling the quota of 1,500 refugees appointed to the country by the EU. Addressing yet another tragedy that occurred this week in the Mediterranean, where some 400 refugees, mostly Somalis, are believed to have perished when their boat sank off the coast of Egypt, the President said Portugal has responded “like no other” to the crisis.


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