Spain joins criticism of European migrant quota proposal

MADRID (AP) — Spain is criticizing a proposed plan that would see more migrants sent its way as part of a package of measures designed to ease pressure on countries dealing with a huge influx of migrants into Europe.

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo says the plan doesn’t account for Spain’s sky-high jobless rate of nearly 24 percent and the country’s efforts to prevent illegal migration from North Africa via Spain to other European countries.

Garcia-Margallo made the comments Monday in Brussels where officials discussed a naval operation to go after trafficking networks sending migrants across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Britain, France, Estonia, Hungary and Slovakia have already criticized or rejected the quota plan.

Related: EU foreign affairs honcho Frederica Mogherini says must be no step back on migrant quotas