EU Leaders set for emergency summit on refugee crisis

European Union leaders are set to gather for an emergency summit on the refugee crisis, a day after ministers forced through a controversial deal to relocate 120,000 refugees in a major blow to unity within the bloc.

The leaders will gather today evening in Brussels to adopt a unified approach to the crisis that has seen 477,906 people stream into Europe from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Interior ministers briskly voted through the deal on Tuesday, under which EU countries must take a share of new arrivals from overstretched frontline states, like Greece and Italy.

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