No refugees relocated to Estonia under EU relocation plan have left (11)

A church spire in Pärnu, where a newly-arrived Syrian family was settled. (Siim Lõvi/ERR)
9/6/2016 11:35 AM
Source: BNS
Category: News

While almost all of the refugees granted international protection by Latvia under the EU migrant relocation plan have ended up leaving the country, none of the refugees relocated to Estonia under the same program have followed suit.

Triin Raag, chief of international protection policy at the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, told BNS on Tuesday that none o the people admitted by Estonia under the EU migrant relocation plan have left the country after arriving here.

"A support person has been assigned by us to all of the people and families admitted; they are provided with an Estonian language training program and have gone through an adaptation program," said Raag. "Their entry into the labor market is supported by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). Among these individuals there is a large percentage of children, of whom all those that are of school age are attending school."

Of the 23 asylum seekers relocated to Latvia under the EU's migrant relocation plan, 21 are already in Germany, reported Latvia's LTV on Monday.

Latvia initially places the people arriving in the country under the EU relocation program at the asylum-seeker center in Mucenieki, where they are required to stay until necessary procedures have been conducted and the decision regarding their status made.

Unlike Latvia, Estonia carries out the necessary procedures before the asylum-seekers' arrival in Estonia, and the people admitted to the country are met by their assigned support person and taken to new homes chosen for them by the authorities immediately upon their arrival.

To date, a total of 47 refugees have been relocated to Estonia under the EU migrant relocation program since April of this year.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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