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Italian refugees will move to Germany

Italian refugees will move to GermanyGermany made its decision to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday.

This move might revive the European Union's failed relocation program. As it was agreed last year, the European Commission devised a plan aimed at moving thousands of new arrivals away from Italy and Greece towards other EU members.

The scheme showed more than 40,000 migrants to be relocated from Italy in two years. Still only a few hundred have been flown out with many EU allies apparently reluctant to welcome in asylum seekers and refugees.

"Up until now, the relocation has been a real flop," Alfano told la Repubblica TV.

"(But) today we have heard that from September hundreds of refugees will be able to go each month to Germany. If things go well with Germany, we think they will also go well with other countries," he added.

"We must remember that Germany already took in more than one million migrants in 2015. If it also takes in some of our (refugees) ... the message will be extremely strong, because if Germany can do it, then so can all those who have not put in the huge effort that Germany already has," Alfano said.

The latest data provided that Italy has taken in more than 420,000 boat migrants since the start of 2014, mostly from Eritrea, Syria and Iraq.
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