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Poland agrees to accept 2,000 refugees as part of EU plan

  • Migrants wait to disembark from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2015. European Union ministers failed Thursday to agree on relocating 40,000 of the refugees making risky boat trips from North Africa to Italy and Greece and will try again later this month to broker a deal on how many people each country will accept. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    Migrants wait to disembark from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2015. European Union ministers failed Thursday to agree on relocating 40,000 of the refugees making risky boat trips from North Africa to Italy and Greece and will try again later this month to broker a deal on how many people each country will accept. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants sit after disembarking from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2015. European Union ministers failed Thursday to agree on relocating 40,000 of the refugees making risky boat trips from North Africa to Italy and Greece and will try again later this month to broker a deal on how many people each country will accept. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    Migrants sit after disembarking from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2015. European Union ministers failed Thursday to agree on relocating 40,000 of the refugees making risky boat trips from North Africa to Italy and Greece and will try again later this month to broker a deal on how many people each country will accept. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU Justice and Interior ministers pose for photographers during an informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday, July 9, 2015. EU ministers meet today and Friday to discuss the immigration policy. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    EU Justice and Interior ministers pose for photographers during an informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday, July 9, 2015. EU ministers meet today and Friday to discuss the immigration policy. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

A Polish official says his country is prepared to accept 2,000 refugees as part of a European Union plan.

The number is lower than the nearly 2,700 the EU had asked Poland to accept. Many refugees make risky boat trips, along with migrants seeking a better life.

Deputy Interior Minister Piotr Stachanczyk says Poland made the offer on Thursday in Luxembourg where ministers agreed on how to distribute 20,000 refugees being housed outside Europe. So far, however, EU members haven't managed to agree on how to divide 40,000 expected to make their way to Greece and Italy over the next two years.

Stachanczyk says Poland has offered 1,000 places for refugees in camps outside of Europe and 1,000 for migrants who arrive by sea in Italy and Greece.