This figure is distinct from the previously agreed 520 refugees from outside the EU, who are to be resettled in Ireland.
Ireland has agreed to relocate 600 persons in need of international protection, under a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism to run over two years, for 40,000 people migrating through Italy and Greece to other EU Member States.* Following a Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council Meeting on 20 July, Ministers reached agreement on the relocation of 32,256 people. A decision on the distribution of 7,744 people to be relocated will be taken at the end of 2015.
Formal adoption of the decision will take place in September, after the European Parliament has given its opinion, and people may be relocated from October 2015. The UK and Denmark are not obliged to participate in the resolution and have opted to remain outside its implementation. Austria and Hungary have not committed to a relocation figure.
Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean passed 100,000 between January and June 2015 (UNHCR).
At the JHA meeting the Council also adopted conclusions on resettlement through multilateral and national schemes of 22,504 displaced people, currently outside the EU, who require international protection. Ireland has committed to resettling 520 refugees.More information:
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* Ireland’s participation in this Resolution is subject to opting in to the relevant Council Decision , which requires Oireachtas agreement.