France to take 400 refugees per month

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

PARIS—France will ac­cept 400 refugees per month from Greece as part of the EU re­lo­ca­tion deal it signed last year, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bernard Cazeneuve said Thurs­day.

“This week, as part of the re­lo­ca­tion, 97 ad­di­tional refugees have ar­rived in France com­ing from Greece and Italy,” Cazeneuve said in a state­ment, adding that an­other 253 were due to ar­rive next week.

The re­lo­ca­tion forms part of an EU-wide agree­ment signed last sum­mer to re­duce the pres­sure on front­line states.

A to­tal of 160,000 refugees were due to be shared around the EU’s mem­ber states, in­clud­ing 30,000 to France.

But most coun­tries have fallen far short of their obli­ga­tions un­der the agree­ment, with France tak­ing only 500 peo­ple since the deal was signed.

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