The offer to admit more refugees meets the European Commission's stated goal of letting in at least 50,000 refugees over the next two years in a bid to discourage them from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.
"With over 34,400 new resettlement pledges received so far, I welcome the strong commitment shown by member states to reduce irregular and dangerous routes and enhance safe and legal pathways, showing solidarity with host countries outside the EU," EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.
He also held out hope that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will "revise their position and start relocating refugees" who managed to reach Greece and Italy under the existing quota system, warning of legal action if they don’t.
Many blame this unprecedented exodus on major European powers, saying that their policies have sparked a surge in terrorism and war in conflict-ridden regions, forcing more people to flee their homes and seek asylum abroad.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has described the plight of migrants detained in Libya as “an outrage to the conscience of humanity.”