This week, Germany will receive the first fifty underage refugees who were unaccompanied in Moria camp on Lesbos. After this, another hundred have to come from the Greek island to Germany.
People in Moria had to wait for asylum applications
Twenty children will also come along with the unaccompanied youngsters who need medical care, but are accompanied by family members. A total of 140 people will arrive in Germany on Wednesday.
After the fire in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp, more than thirteen thousand people were left without shelter, including about four hundred underage asylum seekers. Some of them have been moved to an emergency camp, but a number of Member States of the European Union want to help Greece by taking in refugees.
Earlier this month, the Netherlands promised to accept a hundred migrants, should Greece request it. This concerns fifty children and fifty vulnerable persons.
Moria was the result of the so-called Turkey deal. In this, the EU and Turkey made agreements about the reception of migrants and asylum applications. Refugees are being held in the ‘hotspot’ Lesbos, while their asylum applications are being processed.
Because such an application can take months to years and the flow of migrants does not stop, the camp became overcrowded. Although there was room for three thousand people, thirteen thousand people came to live there. Attempts to relieve the camp were unsuccessful.
The fires started two weeks ago. Moria had been placed in isolation for the COVID-19 outbreak in the camp. People may have started fires in protest against these measures, but this has not been proven. The Greek police have arrested five people on suspicion of involvement in the fires.