Dijkhoff satisfied with outcome EU migration summit

The European Member States today reached an agreement on the resettlement of 120,000 asylum seekers within Europe. Last week, the Member States already agreed on the need for better reception facilities in the region and on rejecting the asylum applications of those asylum seekers who could find shelter in safe countries in the region. State Secretary Dijkhoff (Security and Justice) is satisfied with the results of the meeting with his European colleagues.

The European Member States today reached an agreement on the resettlement of 120,000 asylum seekers within Europe. The European Member States, including the Netherlands, have agreed to resettle 120,000 asylum seekers in clear need of international protection, such as Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis, currently staying in other Member States. In the next two years, 66,000 asylum seekers will be relocated from Greece and Italy to other Member States. The remaining 54,000 asylum seekers will also be relocated from Greece and Italy, unless another Member State comes to face a crisis situation. A large majority of the Member States, including the Netherlands, voted in favour of resettlement of the asylum seekers. All Member States are obliged to comply with the agreements made.

Over a two-year period, the Netherlands will accept approximately 7,000 of the 120,000 asylum seekers. The Netherlands had previously already committed to accepting 2,000 asylum seekers relocated from Italy and Greece in the next two years.

The European Member States also agreed that steps need to be taken to establish improved reception facilities in the region. Applications for asylum will be rejected once the safe countries in the region provide sufficient protection and perspectives for the future. It had already become clear last week that the other Member States are strongly in favour of the Dutch government's proposal to work towards providing reception facilities in safe countries in the region, countries able to offer protection to the refugees.

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