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Belgium: Only 885 refugees have been relocated - EU Commissioner Avramopoulos01:37

Belgium: Only 885 refugees have been relocated - EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

Belgium, Brussels
March 10, 2016 at 06:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos stated that only 885 refugees have been relocated and 3,412 places for asylum seekers offered within the union, during a press briefing in Brussels on Thursday.

“Several member states have not yet offered to relocate a single asylum seeker,” added the commissioner. Despite this Avramopoulos stated he hopes to relocate refugees at a speed of 6,000 per month.

Furthermore, Avramopoulos called for opening a "safe, legal channel" for refugees to reach Europe and "the cutting the smuggler's route," adding that "if you shut the irregular back door, you have to open the regular and safe window."

"The Monday summit was of course a turning point, but many details still need to be worked out until next week's crucial European Council meeting." concluded the EU Commissioner.

Belgium: Only 885 refugees have been relocated - EU Commissioner Avramopoulos01:37
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EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos stated that only 885 refugees have been relocated and 3,412 places for asylum seekers offered within the union, during a press briefing in Brussels on Thursday.

“Several member states have not yet offered to relocate a single asylum seeker,” added the commissioner. Despite this Avramopoulos stated he hopes to relocate refugees at a speed of 6,000 per month.

Furthermore, Avramopoulos called for opening a "safe, legal channel" for refugees to reach Europe and "the cutting the smuggler's route," adding that "if you shut the irregular back door, you have to open the regular and safe window."

"The Monday summit was of course a turning point, but many details still need to be worked out until next week's crucial European Council meeting." concluded the EU Commissioner.