The first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded plane in Athens for Luxembourg. It is part of an EU-approved plan to ease the burden on inundated border nations. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a joint press conference with four other EU officials ahead of the migrant transfer.
The European commissioner for immigration, Dimitris Avramopoulos of Greece, European Parliament president Martin Schulz and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn also attended the briefing.
The first six families from Syria and Iraq were being relocated from Athens. They are among the first under a 780-million-euro, two-year scheme funded by the European Union.
More than 580,000 refugees have entered Greece through its long sea border with Turkey this year. Greece has agreed to temporarily house up to 50,000 refugees on its territory this year. Many are in quarters subsidized by the United Nations.
- Editor:Justine | Source: Agencies
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