SPD and Greens want to take in more refugees

SPD and Greens want to take in more refugees

The Greens call “shameful” that Germany “only” took in 47 minors from Greece. Countries and municipalities are ready for further admissions.

© Photo: dpa / Angelos Tzortzinis
The little girl lives in a makeshift camp near the camp in Moria.

After the admission of 47 minors from Greek refugee camps in Germany, the SPD and the Greens are calling for further resettlement. “Countries and municipalities are ready to accept – so we can help, so we should do that together with our European partners to the extent agreed so far,” said the spokesman for migration policy of the SPD parliamentary group, Lars Castellucci, the “Welt am Sonntag” .

The refugee spokeswoman for the Greens, Luise Amtsberg, demanded that Germany should launch a generous admission program that would take into account families as well as families, single people with children, pregnant women and old and sick people. Amtsberg called it “shameful” that after months of discussion, only about 50 people were accepted.

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Deputy Union leader Thorsten Frei (CDU) emphasized that the coalition decision was to admit the minors, but did not want to go beyond it. He pointed out that accommodation and care for minors cost between 50,000 and 70,000 euros per year. With the money, “you can also provide a lot of help on site without creating incentives for migration,” said Frei to “Welt am Sonntag”. The admission must be about the “absolute hardship”.

In Greece, meanwhile, hundreds of older and sick refugees are to be brought to the mainland from the completely overcrowded camps in the Aegean islands on Monday. According to the Ministry of Migration, around 2380 “vulnerable people” are involved. These are to be brought from the camps on the islands to apartments, hotels or other camps on the mainland within two weeks.

Catastrophic situation in refugee camps

The situation in the refugee camps on the Greek islands is considered catastrophic: more than 36,000 people live there in camps that are actually only designed for a little more than 6,000 people. To date, no corona infections have been reported in the camps, but the fear of the new virus spreading is growing.

The people who are now being brought from the camps to the mainland are 200 refugees over the age of 60 and 1,730 people with previous illnesses and their relatives.

Fire in refugee camp after resident’s death

A fire broke out in Vial camp on the island of Chios on Saturday after protests over the death of a resident brought to the hospital with a fever. The fire destroyed a residential container, the police said. Greek media reported significantly greater damage, residents of the camp initially prevented the fire department from extinguishing the fire.

A 47-year-old Iraqi woman was hospitalized with a fever earlier this week, the Greek news agency ANA reported. There she was tested negative for the new type of corona virus. Then she died on Saturday. The news of the woman’s death sparked protests in Vial. More than 5000 people live in the camp – but actually there is only space for a maximum of 1000 residents.

For fear of the corona virus, the Greek refugee camps are currently in quarantine. Infections have so far been registered in two camps on the mainland. (AFP, dpa)

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