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EU officials tells governments to keep promises on migration


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EU officials tells governments to keep promises on migration

A top European Commission official has said that EU countries need to keep the promises they’ve made to help refugees and migrants.

Governments agreed at a summit three weeks ago to redistribute 160,000 people across the bloc.

But very few have explained how many people they will accept and when.

“It’s up to the member states now to talk to each other in a frank way tomorrow at the European Council (EU summit), and to do as they promised on the 23rd of September,” said Frans Timmermans, the first vice-president of the European Commission.

“You’ve talked the talk; it’s time you walk the walk,” he added.

Officials also say that some 1000 staff are needed to EU-funded asylum centres in Italy and Greece.

They include translators, guards and legal experts.

Last week, the first relocation took place when 19 Eritreans were flown to Sweden from Italy.

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