Five refugee families arrive in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

War refugees in Haapsalu. Photo is illustrative.
War refugees in Haapsalu. Photo is illustrative. Source: (ERR)

Another five families consisting of a total of 22 people have arrived in Estonia under the EU migrant relocation plan.

Five Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece on Thursday, Triin Raag, head of International Protection Policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs, told BNS.

Two of the families have five members each, while three families are made up of four members each. All five-member families include two parents and three children; the four-member families have two parents and two children each. They were settled in Viljandi County, Rakvere and Põlva.

According to Raag, the adult refugees have mostly primary or higher education and they all have previous work experience in various fields.

As of Friday, Estonia has accepted a total of 142 war refugees under the EU migrant relocation plan. One Iraqi family of five voluntarily returned to their home country. An additional 31 people are currently not in Estonia, however none of these individuals have been away from Estonia for more than 90 days.

Estonia has pledged to accept 550 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece under the EU migrant relocation and resettlement plan over a period of two years.

Editor: Aili Vahtla