Key figures (Oct 2015 - 08 Feb 2017)
- 3,205 persons relocated
- 5,839 places pledged
- 39,600 target
Over 25,500 potential relocation candidates arrived to Italy by sea since the adoption of the September 2015 EU Council decisions on relocation. However, the number of relocation transfers and pledges remains low, compared to the potential applicants. Furthermore, more people are staying in Italy than in previous years, also due to increased border controls in the northern areas.
According to the latest Eurostat data on decisions, candidates eligible for relocation include citizens of Syria, Eritrea, Yemen, Burundi, Maldives, Oman, Qatar. Nationals of the Central African Republic (CAR) and Iraq do not longer meet the 75% eligibility threshold. Nationals of Yemen and Burundi were eligible for relocation until end March 2016 and 8 July 2016, respectively; both groups were again eligible candidates after 30 September 2016, following publication of 2Q 2016 Eurostat data.