Nine Syrian refugees relocated from Greece

Nine persons from Syria in need of international protection, including five underage children, on Tuesday arrived in Latvia from Greece under the EU's refugee relocation scheme, the Latvian Citizenship and Migration Office told the press.

The two Syrian families relocated to Latvia from Greece have now been placed in the asylum seeker center in Mucenieki, central Latvia.

The relocated people have previously worked in the agriculture sector and taxicab services.

The asylum seekers have stated in their applications that they speak Arabic.

So far Latvia has admitted 82 people under the EU-wide refugee relocation and resettlement scheme. Of these, 37 have already been granted either refugee of alternative status – five have been given the refugee status and 32 received the alternative status valid for one year.

Latvian Television reported in early September that out of the 23 asylum seekers, who had been relocated to Latvia as part of the EU refugee relocation program and granted asylum, 21 people had already left Latvia and were now in Germany.

In 2015 Latvia committed to taking in 531 asylum seekers in two years. While most of them will be relocated from EU member states Greece and Italy, 50 people have to be resettled from third countries, such as Turkey.

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