EU expects to move 30,000 refugees from Greece by end 2017


The EU should be able to move the remaining 30,000 refugees in Greece eligible for its relocation scheme to other countries by the end of next year, the European Commission said Wednesday.

"With the increased capacity of the Greek Asylum Service, and if member states step up their efforts, it should notably be possible to relocate the remaining relocation candidates present in Greece (around 30,000) within the next year," it said in a report.

The commission insisted there had been "important progress" despite so far only 5,651 refugees having been moved from Greece and Italy under the scheme adopted in September 2015 to relocate a total of 160,000 people over two years. [AFP]