Irregular migrants should be relocated from Italy, Greece, and Cyprus to other EU member-states, the Večernji List daily recalls.
Apart from Croatia, the other four countries where more migrants can move in are France, Germany, Portugal, and Ireland.
Voluntary applications for welcoming irregular migrants who should be resettled can still be lodgedCroatia also supports France in its broad initiative to reform the asylum-seeking system, says the daily.
During its recent meeting, the EU Homes Affairs Council, under the French presidency, “very broadly supported the first step of the gradual approach to migration and asylum proposed by the presidency, including the screening regulation, the Eurodac regulation, and the solidarity mechanism,” according to the information on the French presidency’s web site.
A declaration on assisting the countries that bear the brunt of the arrivals of EU-bound irregular migrants and asylum seekers was adopted at the last meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg, says the daily.
During that meeting, the EU countries were offered two options: to take in additional migrants or to provide them with financial assistance.
According to the state of affairs in applications, an estimated 8,000 applications have so far been lodged for taking in migrants. Germany and France are on the top of the ranking with the highest number of applications.
A provisional plan is to ensure the relocation and resettlement of about 10,000 migrants annually.
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