Intake part of the EU Agreement on resettlement of refugees.
By BOHEMIST STAFF
PRAGUE – The Czech Republic is set to resettle 10 of the thousands of Syrian refugees hanging in limbo in Greece, the government announced today.
Greek media said the intake comes after the Czech Republic earlier this month rejected 13 refugees for security reasons.
The intake will be of three Syrian families who embarked on the perilous and often deadly trip to Greece.
The media report said the Czech Republic had also agreed to an intake of another 10 refugees from Italy, with the resettlement not yet confirmed.
Italy and Greece are bearing the heaviest burden of the refugee crisis in Europe, with many other EU countries being slow on the uptake and resettlement of those verified refugees fleeing the widespread wars in the Middle East and Africa.
Not all asylum seekers are granted legal refugee status, only those found to have proven identies and a proven risk of persecution upon repatriation and granted refugees status, entitling them to protection and under EU law, resettlement.
Czech News Agency reported that Czech security services are also screening 81 Syrian refugees who are in camps in Turkey. Based on the resulted of this security screening, the Republic may admit further of these refugees for resettlement.
By the end of 2017, the Czech Republic should admit 2691 refugees from the Middle East as part of its agreement with the EU, the Czech News Agency said.
“The country first voluntarily pledged to resettle 1100 refugees from Greece and Italy. Then the EU agreed on the admission of further 1591 refugees, although the Czech Republic was one of the countries that voted against the extension of the resettlement programmes,” CTK reported.
Security checks in addition to the refugee qualification checks have become a significant issue for EU countries that are reeling in the wake of a series of dramatic terrorist attacks.