Refugee relocation agreement sealed


Dutch Security and Justice Minister Klaas Dijkhoff (2-L) and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (R) with other Dutch officials during a special European Justice Home Affairs Ministers' council on the migration crisis in Brussels, Belgium, 22 September 2015.

The agreement was reached on Tuesday afternoon with three countries voting against the plan, and one country abstaining.

After a long negotiation, the 28 European Home Affairs Ministers have  voted in favour of the 120,000 refugee relocation program from Italy and Greece by qualified majority. European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, had been travelling through the EU capitals in the last weeks to ensure that the vote would succeed.

The agreement was the product of a delicate negotiation, that left the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary voting against the relocation plan, and Finla...

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