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The EU 28 member states granted asylum to 538,000 foreigners in 2017; two-thirds were Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, and 60 percent of those recognized as refugees were in Germany.
A June 2018 summit of EU leaders tried to revise the Dublin Agreement that makes the first EU country reached by an asylum seeker responsible for whether the person needs refuge. Instead, leaders reached an agreement to establish detention centers in some EU and North African countries to screen asylum seekers quickly, return those who do not qualify as refugees, and resettle those recognized as refugees throughout the EU to countries that will accept them. Eastern European countries have refused to accept relocated migrants.