Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said there have been signs coming from Italy that the country has asylum seeking families to offer to Estonia. The refugees could arrive in Estonia by the beginning of spring.
Estonia signed an agreement of cooperation with Italian authorities in October, stating principles of relocating migrants who have arrived on Italy's shores.
Estonia agreed to take in orphans, children and single mothers. Estonia then sent a liaison officer to Italy to check the backgrounds of asylum seekers willing to relocate to Estonia.
A month ago, the minister said Italy is yet to offer any families to Estonia, but now Pevkur said the first families could arrive in Estonia soon.
“Today, there have been signals from Italy that they are ready to offer us the first families. The documents are yet to arrive here but the first verbal signals have been passed on,” he said.
Pevkur said Estonia is ready to take in the first refugees and all preparations have been made.
Editor: J.M. Laats