Merkel and Seehofer want to take in about 1,500 migrants

The federal government has spoken out in favor of the admission of approximately 1,500 people from the Moria refugee camp – mainly families and children. It is unclear whether the SPD will accept the proposal.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) have agreed to take in approximately 1,500 additional migrants from the Greek islands in Germany. As the German news agency learned from domestic politicians on Tuesday, these are families with children already recognized in Greece as in need of protection. According to the information, the proposal has already been discussed with the Greek government.

It was not yet clear whether the SPD would agree to this. SPD chairman Saskia Esken had called on Germany to take in several thousand refugees from Greece in addition to the announced aid offer. The Greek authorities believe that the Moria refugee camp, which was hopelessly overcrowded for years, was set on fire by migrants last week. The situation there had previously escalated after several asylum seekers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The delegation is sent to Lesvos

Seehofer announced on Friday that Germany would take in 100 to 150 young people out of a total of 400 unaccompanied minors who will be transferred from Greece to other European countries. He also stressed that the second step would be to talk to Athens about accepting families with children. The Federal Ministry of the Interior wants to send a delegation to Lesvos to see who needs protection most urgently. The goal is to use “objective criteria” in the selection “so that there are no uncontrollable consequences,” the ministry said.

Apart from the 400 unaccompanied minors, the Greek authorities have not yet officially applied for the admission of people who have now become homeless in other EU countries. Instead, they started to set up a tent camp on Lesvos, where the migrants had to come and live first. However, many of them are reluctant to live in a tent. Some migrants are afraid of being locked up there, others hope to be transferred to mainland Greece or to another European country.

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