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In August, Germany wants to take in the first group of migrants from Italy under a new EU regulation. “Germany is planning to start redistributions from Italy this month,” said a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin when asked by the German Press Agency. “The necessary talks on site are ongoing.”

It would be the first admission under the new EU solidarity mechanism. On June 10, 21 countries agreed on the mechanism to relieve southern countries like Italy. This includes taking in people or providing support in the form of cash or in-kind benefits.

So far, 13 countries have agreed to take in more than 8,000 people, a spokeswoman for the EU Commission said last week. Germany wants to take in a total of 3,500 people.