EU leaders have agreed that 40,000 refugees will be relocated from Greece and Italy to other EU member states over the next two years. The relocation of refugees will be based on solidarity and national integration capacities rather than mandatory quotas.
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The scheme will be finalized by the Home Affairs Council by the end of July, the Press Service of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in a statement on Friday.

Having held talks until the early hours of Friday, European leaders agreed that the EU migration policy should first of all send a clear signal that illegal migration and human trafficking would not be tolerated. It was decided to steadily increase the capacity to fight illegal migration in cooperation with countries of transit and origin, strengthen external border control, dismantle traffickers’ networks, and focus on the readmission and return policy.

The Lithuanian government has approved in its resolution that Lithuania by its own voluntary decision could take in up to 250 asylum seekers over the course of two years.

Member states will receive a 6,000-euro lump sum for each relocated person under the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund. Lithuania has been assigned EUR 10.8 million from structural funds for 2014-2020 for the development of the asylum system as well as for the integration and return of refugees.

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