In what is truly a crisis facing present-day continental Europe, refugees from across the Middle East, northern Africa, and southern Asia are flooding into the European Union seeking an escape from war and economic hardship. The situation has created a political emergency in Europe, as front-line countries on the borders of Europe—Greece, Hungary, Italy, and others—demand solutions, while other nations, such as Germany and Sweden, take the lead in handling the crisis.

According to an article in the Washington Post, the European Commission was set to release a proposal on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, to set up reception camps in Italy, Greece, and Hungary, from which newly arrived migrants would be relocated among the 28 European Union countries using a quota system.

The article describes a plan that would entail relocating 120,000 asylum-seekers from the front-line three countries into the rest of Europe. Germany has committed to accepting up to 500,000 migrants per year, including spending the billions of dollars it would cost to fund such a plan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged other European leaders to enact similar plans.

Sweden, also, is on the vanguard of accepting the refugees, as the Nordic country is taking in the most refugees, per capita, of any European Union nation. Germany is accepting the largest absolute number, according to the Post article.