Spain joins criticism of European migrant quota proposal



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MADRID (AP) — Spain is criticizing a proposed plan that would see more migrants sent its way as part of a package of measures designed to ease pressure on countries dealing with a huge influx of migrants into Europe.

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo says the plan doesn't account for Spain's sky-high jobless rate of nearly 24 percent and the country's efforts to prevent illegal migration from North Africa via Spain to other European countries.

Garcia-Margallo made the comments Monday in Brussels where officials discussed a naval operation to go after trafficking networks sending migrants across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Britain, France, Estonia, Hungary and Slovakia have already criticized or rejected the quota plan.

The idea behind it is that when a country reaches a maximum, migrants seeking asylum would be sent elsewhere.

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