EU member states have only relocated slightly more than 15,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Turkey out of 160,000 the EU initially pledged to resettle from these overburdened countries under the controversial mandatory refugee quota system.


The number of refugees resettled from Greece and Italy to the other EU member states and associated countries, including Switzerland and Norway, has reached 11,966, the latest European Commission progress report on relocation and resettlement schemes says.


Some 3,000 people “in need of international protection” were also accepted by the EU countries from Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal signed in March 2016, says the report, which was published Wednesday.