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Greece has started to build a temporary installation to house the 12,000 refugees that until three days ago they inhabited the Moria refugee camp, the largest in Europe and that burned completely during the early hours of Tuesday to Wednesday.

The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, which has made the announcement of the new enclosure, has not said however when it will be available. “The government is moving fast, and we have already launched the project for a new temporary facility for those who can no longer be in Moria. I hope a tragedy in this way it serves for Europe to realize that recipient countries we cannot deal with migrants solos with such a problem “, said Mitsotakis this Friday, in front of the vice president of the European Comission, Margaritis Schinas, who has visited so much Athens how Lesbos.

Thus, the plans of the Mitsotakis government are to rebuild Moria and turn it into a refugee camp, as before, but this time closed: as an open air jail. Fulfilling this plan, however, will not be easy for the Greek prime minister, because the inhabitants of Lesbos they are absolutely against this idea. Creating such a camp, for them, will mean that the presence and arrival of refugees on the island will be perpetuated.

In this way, the local administration of Lesbos has asked the Government to take all the refugees to Athens by boat. The Executive refuses: “It’s technically impossible. Would cause many security issues because of coronavirus“, said this Friday the Greek Migration Minister, Notis Mitarakis.

“We need a change in our migration policy Schinas said in his meeting with the Greek Prime Minister. We are designing a new european plan to avoid the mistakes made in the past. Europe, as I have said, cannot fail again on such an important issue. “

Caught in the middle

Meanwhile, all the inhabitants of Moria remain, without exception, trapped in the middle of nowhere: greek police and the locals of Lesbos have confined the 12,000 refugees to a small strip of road, where they have to sleep in cramped areas and from where they cannot leave under any circumstances: only journalists and some NGOs can enter there. food, water and protection Against the cold of the night

Meanwhile, the German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, announced that Germany and France will take in most of the 400 unaccompanied minors who have been left homeless after the Moria camp fire. We are in contact with other European partners to specify figures, but we start from the basis that we will receive the bulk of that group, “he said.

Germany estimates to receive between 100 and 150 of these minors, specified

Germany and France will take in most of the 400 unaccompanied minors left homeless after the fire in the Greek refugee camp in Moria, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced today.

“We are in contact with other European partners to specify figures, but we start from the basis that it will correspond to us to receive the bulk of that group,” said the Minister of the Interior, in a press conference in which the vice president participated, virtually of the European Commission (EC), the Greek Margaritis Schinas.

Germany estimates that it will receive between 100 and 150 of these minors, Seehofer specified, to which “presumably” others will be added to France, waiting for a “European solution” to be achieved which, he said, cannot “be delayed any longer.”

The current crisis was triggered after a fight in Moria on Tuesday, when the camp authorities tried to isolate 35 people who had tested positive for coronavirus. After that, the police intervened. Then came the fire, caused by the refugees, according to the Greek government.

It had happened on previous occasions, in protest at the conditions refugees were forced to live under. Since March, the 12,000 people who inhabited Moria were confined in the field without being able to leave unless they had a special permission.

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