After the devastating fire in the refugee camp in Moria, Berlin and Paris reached an agreement on a common solution: 400 minors must be admitted to the European Union.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, together with other EU countries, want to take in 400 unaccompanied minors after the great fire in the Greek refugee camp Moria.
Merkel said on Thursday during a discussion at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin that she had made a request to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
According to information from the German news agency in Berlin, the number 400 applies to all participating countries – how many of them Germany would take over was initially unknown on Thursday, as it was said.
Germany has already taken care of 460 unaccompanied children
Germany has already received more than 460 unaccompanied children, sick children and their relatives from the refugee camps on the islands. Further admissions of sick children are already in preparation. The acceptance of unaccompanied minors now promised by Merkel and Macron, who have now been brought to the mainland by the Greek authorities, will take place independently.
The Greek government, meanwhile, has rejected the rapid relocation of new refugees after the great fire at Moria camp and identified targeted arson as the cause of the disaster. At the same time, 400 minors traveling unaccompanied by their parents flew from the island of Lesbos to the port city of Thessaloniki by Thursday.
Earlier, the federal government emphasized that it would count on help in Moria
Deputy Minister of Migration Giorgos Koumoutsakos ruled out that adult migrants could also leave the island. On the Skai news channel, he said: “If you think you can travel to the mainland and then to Germany, forget about it.”
The question of whether Germany alone and without the intervention of other EU countries could take in more migrants from the Greek islands has been a dispute in Berlin since Wednesday. The German government had stressed the need to rely on local aid and coordinate it with Greece and its EU partners. However, voices had also been heard from within the Union calling for more recordings – for example from mainland Greece to ease the situation. Federal Minister of Development Cooperation Gerd Müller (CSU) demands that Germany go ahead and accept 2000 migrants.
Pro asylum: pretend there are thousands of European tourists
Pro-asylum calls for an airlift to Germany and other European countries after the fire. Now the same measures must be taken “as if more than 10,000 European tourists were in immediate danger,” the organization claims. Accommodation should be created, supplies secured and medical personnel flown in.
According to Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD), the federal government wants to provide immediate aid on Lesvos. For example, the technical relief organization could be deployed on the island, Heil said at Phoenix station. On the Greek island, thousands of people spent the first night after the great fire in the streets around the destroyed camp Moria. There were clashes with the police and tear gas was used. Some of the people will initially be accommodated on ships for the next few days.
MPs demanded that 5,000 people be admitted
In a letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), 16 Bundestag unionists demanded the admission of 5,000 recognized refugees from mainland Greece. One of the signatories of the letter, the spokesman for the human rights policy of the group of the Union, Michael Brand (CDU), emphasized in the SWR that they must be refugees who have already gone through an asylum procedure in Greece.
The Moria camp was almost completely destroyed in several simultaneous fires on Wednesday evening. Instead of the planned 3,000 migrants, more than 12,000 people were housed. According to the Greek government, migrants caused the great fire.