From AFP: The German NGO Pro Asyl and other refugee rights groups are urging the German government to speed up the relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy.
Pro Asyl director Guenter Burkhardt said, “There are empty places in reception centres, we have planes, but there is a lack of political will.”
Germany took in more than a million asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016.
Under an EU programme on relocating refugees stranded in Italy and Greece, the German government had promised to accept another 27,500 asylum seekers by September 2017. Germany has taken in around 2,300 so far.
In September 2015, the EU’s 28 member states agreed to take in 160,000 refugees from Greece or Italy.
The deal was supposed to help relieve pressure on Greece and Italy, the two countries receiving the most refugees and migrants.
However, out of 160,000 relocation places, only around 25,000 were formally pledged until now, with 3,700 asylum seekers relocated from Italy and another 9,600 from Greece.