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Hungary: EU could resettle half a million Syrian refugees

European Union and Turkish leaders may announce a behind-the-scenes agreement soon to resettle 400,000 to 500,000 Syrian refugees

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European Union and Turkish leaders may announce a behind-the-scenes agreement later this week to resettle 400,000 to 500,000 Syrian refugees directly from Turkey to the EU, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday.

Orban, speaking to a meeting of Hungarian leaders in Budapest, said he expected intense pressure to accept some part of those refugees, something he said Budapest could not do.

He added that the agreement has already been floated at a recent EU summit in Malta but was abandoned and not included in the EU-Turkey agreements signed at the weekend in Brussels after its proponents could not gather the necessary support for it.