European governments, including the German government, have failed to deliver on a pledge to admit 50,000 refugees by this month, DW report.
The European Union launched the resettlement program two years ago with a deadline of October 31, 2019. But only 37,520 people have arrived in Europe under the program so far.
A spokesperson for the European Commission has admitted the target will not be reached by the end of October.
Among those affected are the thousands of migrants detained in camps in Libya. UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, said European countries’ slow progress in fulfilling their promises was one of the factors holding up the evacuation of people facing violence amid the lawlessness and civil war.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the outgoing EU migration commissioner, said he was “hopeful” that the remaining pledges could be fulfilled by the end of the year.
“I both commend and continue calling on member states to step up their efforts and to make sure they deliver on their pledges as quickly as possible,” Avramopoulos told DW.