Germany to welcome 1,553 migrants from Greek islands

The emergency is organized and the first decisions are about to be taken a week after the gigantic fire in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Thus, Tuesday, September 15, AFP learned from a government source that Chancellor Angela Merkel was considering the reception in Germany of about 1,500 migrants currently present on the islands of Greece.

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Information formalized a few hours later by German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “We guarantee that 1,553 family members who are already recognized (as refugees by the Greek authorities, editor’s note) will leave the islands ” from the Aegean Sea to Germany, he said.

Since the burning of the largest migrant camp in Europe on the night of September 8-9, pressure has been mounting on the German government to take in some of the more than 12,000 exiles driven out by the fire and left homeless on the Aegean island. The German authorities had so far insisted on the need to find a solution at European level on this thorny issue which has divided the Twenty-Seven since 2015.

Greece’s reluctance

From the Greens to the radical left, including the SPD and some conservative officials from the CDU, Angela Merkel’s party, voices were increasing in favor of a humanitarian gesture, especially after the dissemination of images of Lesbos showing migrants sleeping on bitumen in catastrophic hygienic conditions.

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However, according to the German daily image, the Greek government of conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis was blocking Germany‘s plans to some extent, fearing, he said, that asylum seekers stuck in Greece would also set their facilities on fire in the hope of being evacuated to Germany.


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