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Committee postpones decision on EU migration plan, questions quota

Refugees in an Estonian language class in Vao. Photo is illustrative.
Refugees in an Estonian language class in Vao. Photo is illustrative. Source: (Priit Simson/Delfi)

The Riigikogu's EU Affairs Committee postponed its decision on Friday on Estonia's position regarding the European Commission's migration plan. The government's explanation why Estonia should take in 80 quota refugees in 2018 and 2019 was insufficient, the committee's chairman said.

Committee chairman Jaak Madison (EKRE) told ERR on Friday that officials from several ministries had attended their meeting on Friday, but that they couldn't sufficiently explain how the government had arrived at just this number of refugees.

While Lithuania has decided to take in 50 refugees in the same period, Latvia has not yet made a decision, Madison said.

The committee expressed the wish that Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) explain to them how his government arrived at 80 individuals, and if Ratas couldn't make the time, then Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) should do so.

This week two Syrian families arrived in Estonia under the EU migration plan. Background checks of the 11 individuals were carried out while they were in a camp in Turkey. Both families consist of parents with children, one of them has five, the other six members. The families were placed in the refugee center in Vao.

Two women from Eritrea that made it to Estonia from Italy were placed in the center in Vägeva.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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