The European Union provided asylum to 32,700 citizens from North Africa and the Middle East as part of the European resettlement program for particularly vulnerable categories of refugees. It is reported by Deutsche Welle.
"We are safely and legally delivering people who need protection to Europe," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.
According to him, Germany accepted 4,100 out of 32,700 refugees, who arrived in Europe.
Currently, the European Union has accepted only two-thirds of the promised quota of migrants, while Germany has agreed to accept 10,000 people, Avramopoulos added.
He predicts that by October the number of asylum seekers in Europe might increase to 50 000 people. It is assumed that these would be citizens of Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Jordan.
The relocation program for particularly vulnerable categories of refugees, introduced in 2017, aims to legally and safely deliver them to Europe, saving from overcoming the dangerous route through the Mediterranean Sea.
The European Commission allocates a total of half a billion euros to EU member states hosting such migrants. 16 countries joined the program voluntarily.
Refugees, who come to the EU under this project, are chosen jointly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.