Greece asks EU help to speed up migrant relocation

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Greece is asking European Union member states for assistance in order to respond quicker to migrant relocation requests. Nathan Frandino reports.

Greece asks EU help to speed up migrant relocation

With shelters overflowing with migrants and refugees, the Greek government is growing anxious.

Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas says they need relief and soon.

(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK MIGRATION MINISTER, YANNIS MOUZALAS, SAYING:

“At the moment we have 7,000 people ready to be relocated and no answers from the European Union member states which would be obliged to accept them. Therefore we ask that this gap is covered.”

The EU is obliged to accept migrants and refugees under a plan devised last year.

The plan aims to move 160,000 new arrivals from the front-line states of Italy and Greece to other EU countries.

But so far fewer than 4,000 have been resettled. Mouzalas says many EU members are dragging their feet.

(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK MIGRATION MINISTER, YANNIS MOUZALAS, SAYING:

“The European Union member states are responding with a delay which does not correspond to our need to cover the positions that we have requested.”

And all the while, the shelters continue to fill.

Greece says it’s looking for answers… and soon.

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