Luxembourg EU presidency report sees 'minimal' decrease in migrant flows from Turkey, 'unsatisfactory' rates for relocation

The decrease in the flow of migrants from the shores of Turkey to Greek islands has been "minimal," according to a report presented at Thursday's European Council by the Luxembourg EU presidency.

Luxembourg EU presidency report sees 'minimal' decrease in migrant flows from Turkey, 'unsatisfactory' rates for relocation

Despite the November 29 agreement between the EU and Turkey for a 'Common Action Plan' to deal with the migrant crisis, the reduction in refugee flows in December compared with November was very small, with up to 4,000 migrants arriving each day in December from 5,000-6,000 a day in November, the report said.

On the relocation programmes for refugees, it noted that these remained at "unsatisfactory levels" since only 184 asylum seekers have been relocated from Italy and Greece by December 16, out of a targeted 160,000 relocations.

With respect to hotspots, it said that only two were currently operational - one in Lesvos, Greece and one in Lampedusa, Italy - out of a total 11 that should have been operating.

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