Sweden exempt from refugee resettlement plan
The EU commission has approved Sweden's request for an exemption from a resettlement programme for refugees who are currently in Italy and Greece, though the exemption is only temporary.
In September, Sweden said it would accept around 5,800 refugees from Italy and Greece and just two months ago, 19 Eritrean refugees were resettled from Italy to the northern Swedish town of Luleå.
However, the EU Commission's decision to exempt Sweden from its refugee resettlement programme means that Sweden will not have to accept any more refugees from Greece or Italy for at least a year.
In practice, though it could be three years since EU member states have two years to implement the resettlement plan that was adopted in Luxemburg last fall. Now, with the exemption, Sweden gets an additional year to do so.
The Swedish government has also applied for an EU resettlement programme similar to the one recently granted to Italy and Greece. Such a programme would mean that refugees who are currently in Sweden could be resettled in other EU nations.