18 Syrian refugees have arrived in Estonia in February

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In February 18 Syrian war refugees have arrived in Estonia from Greece and Turkey, while so far 107 refugees have arrived in Estonia under the European Union's migrant resettlement and relocation plan.

In February four Syrian families arrived in Estonia -- two from Greece and two from Turkey, it is written on the homepage of the government.

Two of the families have four members and the other two have five members. One family is to live in Tallinn, one in the north Estonian town of Rakvere and two in the souther Estonian regional capital Tartu, a spokesperson for the Social Ministry told BNS.

In January two Syrian families arrived in Estonia from Greece. One of the families has seven members and settled down in Tartu, while a five-member family was sent to live in the south Estonian town of Polva.

Since March 2016 Estonia has accepted 107 quota refugees under the European Union's migrant resettlement and relocation plan -- 87 from Greece and 20 from Turkey. The quota for Estonia is 550 people over a period of two years.

The refugees have been settled in eight out of Estonia's 15 counties.

Relocation means that the person arrives from elsewhere in the EU, such as Greece, and resettlement that the person arrives from a refugee camp outside of the EU, such as Turkey.

Officials of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Internal Security Service and the Ministry of Social Affairs have all conducted interviews with the potential asylum seekers in Greece and Estonia has authorized accepting them into the country.

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