The Latest: Slovakia to accept 149 Christians threatened by extremism in Iraq

The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

5:15 p.m.

Slovakia is giving asylum to a group of 149 Christians who live in Iraq and are threatened by extremism.

Interior Minister Robert Kalinak says the 25 families will arrive in the country in next few days. Kalinak says that "they would lose their lives if we didn't help them."

The families will be initially placed in a center in eastern Slovakia and the Catholic Church has agreed to help them integrate into society in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Slovakia strictly opposes a European Union plan to redistribute 120,000 asylum-seekers among the bloc's 28 nations.

The government of Prime Minister Robert Fico is planning to a legal complaint against it at an EU court in Luxembourg.

Kalinak said Monday the complaint could be filed as soon as later this week.