EU refugee sharing plan still way off target


New European Union figures show that member states have relocated just over 2,000 refugees from Greece and Italy over the past nine months.

The figures were released Wednesday, nine months after the EU pledged to jointly take in 160,000 refugees. The EU says that 6,000 refugees must be relocated each month for the plan to work.

The EU‘s top migration official, Dmitris Avramopoulos, said the figure “clearly falls short,” and he repeated past warnings that “member states have to speed up their efforts. There is no time to lose.”

As of June 14, the total number of people relocated was 2,280, including 1,503 from Greece and 777 from Italy.

The plan was meant to help the overburdened entry countries cope with hundreds of thousands of migrants who entered Europe last year.