Over 1,500 refugees from Moria Camp will be resettled in Germany

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2020

Earlier Wednesday, 13 migrants were detained on the island of Samos after a fire broke out near the local camp that houses over 4,700 people.

"We are examining the possible participation of these suspects in the incident", a Samos police source told AFP.

The Greek government on Tuesday urged the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps on Greece's eastern islands as part of an overhaul of the EU's migration policies.

Greek officials had insisted from the start that the fires that destroyed the Moria camp, leaving over 12,000 people homeless, were the result of arson.

On Tuesday, Germany revealed it would take in 408 households, primarily kids and their moms and dads, after a fire ravaged the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, leaving almost 13,000 migrants homeless.

The police has not yet revealed the nationality of the detained migrants.

Mitarachi said it would take at least six months to build a permanent structure to replace the Moria camp, acknowledging that migrants and refugees would spend the winter in tents.

Among them, 35 have tested positive for coronavirus.

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MSF highlighted the plight of Moria residents still without somewhere to live explaining men, women, and children were still sleeping on the streets without basic access to food, water, shelter, and medical care. "Supermarkets are closed, there are no toilets. we are not animals!" raged Ange, a 23-year-old asylum seeker from DR Congo who was a mechanical engineer in his homeland.

Five years after the arrival in Europe of over a million asylum seekers, many fleeing wars in Iraq and Syria, the question over how the bloc should share out its refugee responsibilities remains sensitive.

A statement from Seibert says that 1,553 people from 408 families who have already secured refugee status will be taken in.

Chrysochoidis, who flew into Lesbos to help oversee relief efforts, welcomed reports that Germany was prepared to take in 1,553 people from Moria but apart from Bulgaria and Luxembourg no other countries have shown interest in helping Greece or the homeless.

"We know that it's a very complex political debate. but we need progress", Michel said. "Would you accept these conditions if your children were in our place?"

"We are human beings".

Von der Leyen promised "a new European migration governance system" with "common measures on asylum and return and. a strong solidarity mechanism".

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