EU ministers fail to reach agreement on relocating 40,000 refugees who landed in Greece, Italy

European Union ministers have failed 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.

The stalemate came a day after the UN refugee agency announced that data from Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain showed 137,000 people arriving in those countries between January and June, 83 percent more than the same time last year. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said 1,867 people died making the crossing, up from 588 a year earlier.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, whose country hosted the ministerial meeting Thursday, says ministers will meet again July 20 to try to reach an agreement.