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EU moves to help Italy, Greece in managing Med migrants with redistribution plan

  • European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The EU moved Wednesday to help Italy and Greece manage a massive influx of migrants across the Mediterranean and oblige reluctant EU partners to share the refugee burden. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The EU moved Wednesday to help Italy and Greece manage a massive influx of migrants across the Mediterranean and oblige reluctant EU partners to share the refugee burden. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Afghan man washes his hair at an abandoned hotel where migrants have been given shelter on the island of Kos, Greece, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    An Afghan man washes his hair at an abandoned hotel where migrants have been given shelter on the island of Kos, Greece, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baloch, from Pakistan, who arrived on the island of Kos, Greece, three days ago wears a blanket as he waits outside the police station, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Baloch, from Pakistan, who arrived on the island of Kos, Greece, three days ago wears a blanket as he waits outside the police station, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union moved Wednesday to help Italy and Greece manage a massive influx of migrants across the Mediterranean and oblige reluctant EU partners to share the refugee burden.

In a two-pronged proposal aimed at redistributing the refugee load, the EU's executive commission suggested that 40,000 Syrians and Eritreans newly arrived in Europe be redistributed away from Italy and Greece over the next two years.

A further 20,000 people not currently in Europe and in clear need of international protection would be shared out among the 28 EU nations.

The proposals, reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, come as the number of desperate migrants seeking better lives in Europe continues to rise, with more than 80,000 landing so far this year.