Belgium is struggling to meet its commitment because the number of asylum seekers arriving here has grown and reception centres are full.
The resettlement project is a UN initiative. The refugees are chiefly Syrians who fled to Turkey or Syria. Belgium now intends to take in 879 of these vulnerable refugees this year.
Theo Francken: "We have experienced an enormous upsurge in asylum applications during the past three months. Asylum centres are full. I was forced to keep open a number of emergency centres longer than planned. The influx remains high. The resettlement plan is being postponed for a month or two. It will take place next year. The people will come, but not this year. It's just not possible."