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Switzerland to take 200 asylum seekers to help southern Europe.

Local News // Aug. 25, 2016
Switzerland to take 200 asylum seekers to help southern Europe.

Switzerland is to take 200 asylum seekers from Italy to relieve the stress on southern Europe.

Swiss public television SRF say migration officials are currently reviewing the 200 cases of Syrian, Iraqi and Eritrean people who have claimed asylum in Italy.

The country has pledged to receive a total of 900 people from Italy and 600 from Greece. So far, only 34 asylum seekers have been accepted from Italy.

Under the terms of the Dublin agreement, of which Switzerland is a signatory, asylum seekers are the responsibility of the EU state in which they first applied.

But a recent increase in the numbers of refugees arriving in Italy and Greece left the two countries unable to cope.

Last September, EU member states, along with Switzerland, agreed to redistribute 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece throughout Europe.

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