Vitsas calls for relocations directly from Turkey


Three days ahead of the special EU summit with Turkish officials on stemming the migration crisis, Greece’s junior Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas on Friday said that at least a part of the relocations should be processed on Turkish soil.

Speaking to Antenna TV, Vitsas also called upon EU member states to stick to the bloc’s resettlement agreement.

Despite commitments to relocate 66,400 refugees from Greece, states have so far only pledged 1,539 spaces and only 325 people actually have been relocated, according to UNHCR.

Vitsas said there are currently a total of 31,842 refugees and migrants in Greece. About 90 percent of them are refugees, he said.