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Italy Relocates First 19 Refugees to Sweden

© AFP 2021 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry from Lesbos island in the port of Piraeus on October 6, 2015. Some 7000 migrants and refugees are expected to arrive to the port of Piraeus on October 6, on chartered or line ferries, according to Greek media
Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry from Lesbos island in the port of Piraeus on October 6, 2015. Some 7000 migrants and refugees are expected to arrive to the port of Piraeus on October 6, on chartered or line ferries, according to Greek media - Sputnik International
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Italy has sent the first group of 19 refugees to be relocated in Europe to Sweden by plane, European Commissioner Dimitris Avramapoulos announced Friday.

ROME (Sputnik) – "It’s not the number that counts, it’s not the fact that only 19 people were on board, but it is the act that counts. It is actually today that the program starts to be implemented,” Avramapoulos said at a press conference immediately after the flight took off from Rome.

Migrants and refugees crowd in a line as they wait for their registration at central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers LaGeSo (Landesamt fuer Gesundheit und Soziales - State Office for Health and Social Affairs) in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Avramapoulos said that though this is only the beginning of relocated refugees, the European Union must protect those refugees who are legally in Europe and return those who have arrived on false pretentions.

“And I make an appeal from here in the name of Europe, in the name of our president, Jean-Claude Juncker, let’s move ahead, let’s address this issue, let’s give hope to these people, but also let’s put rules, let’s fight smuggling, let’s start the project of returning the ones who are irregularly or illegally in Europe and provide support and help to those in need of international protection,” he added.

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