April 23, 2018

Germany will accept 10,000 refugees more based on relocation scheme

Within the EU’s relocation scheme, Germany will accept 10,000 refugees from North Africa and Middle East more. 

The relevant guarantees from the German government were given to the European Commission this week, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in his interview to the Funke group newspapers, Deutsche Welle reports. 

Since the other EU countries have already promised to accept 40,000 refugees, the relocation scheme goals have been achieved and even exceeded, Mr. Avramopoulos noted adding that “the German government is once again there when it comes to international solidarity.” 

The European Commission launched the relocation programme in summer 2017 in order to open the direct and safe route to Europe for those refugees who especially need protection. At least 50,000 refugees, mainly from North Africa, are to be relocated to the EU by autumn 2019. The European Union allocated €500 million to support the host countries. 

On April 19, Dimitris Avramopoulos visited Berlin to meet German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.