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IOM: Over 14,000 asylum-seekers relocated from Greece and Italy

Geneva (IINA) � European Union countries have welcomed more than 14,000 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy since October 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Friday, encouraging EU member states to follow through on their commitments.

Not only does relocation demonstrate cooperation, solidarity and a genuine union, said IOM Deputy Director Laura Thompson, adding it has also made a big difference for each of the nearly 14,500 people that have relocated from Greece and Italy to start new lives in other EU member states.

According to UN News, the majority of the beneficiaries are Syrian and Iraqi nationals, with 81 percent and 14 percent respectively.

Germany (3,093), France (2,764) and the Netherlands (1,486) have received the most asylum-seekers to date under the program. In addition, Finland and Malta have accepted large numbers of people. About 207 unaccompanied migrant children have been accepted by Finnish authorities, IOM noted.

The program is being implemented by the UN migration agency in close cooperation with Greek and Italian authorities and other agencies, with the continuing support of the European Commission, EU member and associated states, and other partners.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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