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Latvia will have to resettle 776 refugees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 9 September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in his speech to the European Parliament that EC requests all member states to help resettle additional refugees from Italy, Greece and Hungary. Latvia will have to resettle 526 refugees.

According to the EC report, Latvia will have to resettle 237 refugees from Hungary, 68 refugees from Italy and 221 refugees from Greece. Lithuania is requested to resettle 780 refugees – 101 from Italy, 328 from Greece and 351 from Hungary. Estonia will have to resettle 373 refugees, including 48 from Italy, 157 from Greece and 168 from Hungary.

Latvia’s government had previously agreed to resettle 250 refugees in two years. It is planned that the aforementioned 526 refugees will be added on top of the agreed number. With that, Latvia will have to resettle 776 refugees in total.

In his opening speech, Juncker said now is not the time for Europe to be afraid. He believes now is the time for brave actions. He added that the agreement regarding the new refugee plan should be approved next week.

The 160,000 people Europe will have to resettle should be helped in compulsory order, said Juncker. He urged the EC Interior Ministers Council to reach an agreement regarding resettlement of 160,000 refugees during their meeting scheduled for 14 September. He added that member states should not consider religion a criterion when deciding on resettlement of individuals.

«There is no religion, no beliefs, when it comes to refugees,» – said Juncker. «We don`t distinguish.» He added that the EC will soon take measures against countries that do not comply with EU norms regarding asylum seekers.

The EC President also called to allow asylum seekers to work while their applications are being reviewed, which is something EU rules do not allow at the moment. «I am strongly in favour of allowing asylum seekers to work and earn their own money whilst their applications are being processed. Labour, work, being in a job is a matter of dignity … so we should do everything to change our national legislation in order to allow refugees, migrants, to work since day one of their arrival in Europe,» – said Juncker.

As previously reported, EU leaders had previously agreed that member states could relocate 60,000 refugees in the next couple of years. Discussions on exact numbers of refugees continue.

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