Cautious welcome as EU refugee resettlement bid starts

Some 7,000 people a day now arrive on the Greek coastline, according to UN partner IOM. Photo: Ivor Prickett

News that the European Union-wide refugee resettlement scheme has begun has been welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Nineteen Eritrean asylum-seekers left Italy's Ciampino airport in Rome on Friday morning, bound for Sweden.

They'd agreed to be relocated there after arriving by boat to Sicily.

Under the EU scheme, participating member states have agreed to house 160,000 refugees.

Daniel Johnson reports.

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