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Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Friday said in Brussels that next month Croatia would begin with the process of relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy and resettlement directly from Syria.

Orepic took part in a council of EU interior ministers meeting focussing primarily on migration, visa regimes and the Schengen area.

"I announced that Croatia was embarking on the process of relocation and resettlement. Our liaison officers are going to Greece and Italy on Tuesday already and we will begin fulfilling our obligations," Orepic said after the meeting.

Ten refugees from Itally and ten from Greece will be relocated to Croatia and 30 people will come directly from Syria.

Member states have obliged to alleviate the burden on Italy and Greece and countries on the external EU border and to redistribute refugees according to each country's capacity. The scheme refers to relocating refugees from EU member states to other member states. The programme also envisages resettling refugees directly from third countries to a member state.

Croatia is expected to receive around 1,600 refugees under both programmes over a period of two years. 

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