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EU urges member nations to share more refugees

AP  |  Brussels 

The European Union's landmark migrant plan to share 160,000 refugees in and Greece among their partners is likely to result in less than 40,000 people finding new homes by the September deadline.

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said today that more than 18,000 migrants have been relocated and that 12,500 people in Greece and some 4,000 in are eligible to go.

He said those 16,500 people can be relocated by September, but he noted that some countries haven't relocated a single person, "in breach of their obligations."

Avramopoulos told lawmakers that the plan, launched in September 2015, "is vital for the success of our (migrant) policy."

Hungary and Poland voted against the plan, but were on the losing side and refuse to take part.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 14:48 IST