Ireland to take 600 extra migrants

The Government has agreed to accept up to 600 additional Syrian and Eritrean migrants over the next two years as part of a European Union relocation plan to deal with the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The Cabinet signed off in principle to the relocation scheme on Tuesday before a meeting of EU justice ministers on Monday in Luxembourg.

Ireland has opt-outs from most EU justice and home affairs legislation, but it is understood it will now opt in to the relocation initiative.

Britain, which also has an automatic opt-out, has ruled out participating in the scheme.

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