Germany takes 10,000 refugees from UN resettlement program

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country will take in some 10,000 migrants who were selected by the United Nations’ refugee agency.

Merkel said Monday during a meeting with the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, those 10,000 refugees were part of a resettlement program that Germany supports in an effort, “to prevent illegal migration and substitute it through legal opportunities.” It was not immediately clear which countries the migrants would come from.

Grandi thanked Germany for tripling its financial support to the UNHCR in the last three years, making Germany the second biggest donor after the United States. According to the German news agency dpa, Germany is now contributing about 387 million euros (473 million dollars) annually to the agency.

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