UNHCR chief claimed EU relocation program should be bigger

UNHCR chief claimed EU relocation program should be biggerThe program, designed by European Union, to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy to other member states should work faster and become large, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in Athens on Wednesday.

The scheme was reviled last year. It is intended to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to other European countries. The program was ought to last year 2 years, but as time goes by fewer than 4,000 people have moved so far.

A lot of European countries didn’t implement the program, while Hungary and Slovakia declined the EU decision.

Grandi claimed that he would continue to act on the side of refugees and the hosting countries “for this program to be bigger and to be accelerated."

"It is one example of European solidarity and cooperation that can and must work so we need to put all our energy in trying to make it work," Commissioner told reporters.

He also said that the program “must work" with the UNHCR keep pushing the EU for more support.

Talking about the source of the problem he told that “refugees are mostly the result of unresolved conflict.” So resolving of the military conflict is the most important issue.

The relocation program considers only the refugees. Migrants and failed asylum seekers are not relocated but repatriated to their countries of origin.
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