They stayed in the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands for weeks, now 47 minors have arrived in Germany. Interior Minister Seehofer called on other EU countries to show solidarity.
The first 47 children and adolescents from several refugee camps on the Greek islands have arrived in Germany. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced in Berlin, the machine landed in Hanover in the morning. Due to the Corona crisis, the unaccompanied minors are initially to be accommodated in Lower Saxony for a two-week quarantine.
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had previously called on the other European countries to also accept unaccompanied minor refugees. “Germany keeps its word and shows solidarity,” said Seehofer of the “Bild am Sonntag”. “I expect our European partners to start implementing their commitments as soon as possible,” added the minister.
More children are to follow
The children come from the camps of the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesbos. The transfer was organized by the EU, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and the governments in Athens and Berlin, as the Ministry of Migration announced in Athens. 58 minors were supposed to come to Germany on Saturday, but for medical reasons their departure from Greece was delayed. But you should travel soon. A total of 1,600 unaccompanied minor refugees from Greece are to be brought to other EU countries in the coming weeks.
“Greece needs our support: to protect the EU’s external border, to improve the situation in local refugee camps and to protect the weakest,” said Seehofer. In the migration policy, order and humanity belonged together, according to the CSU politician.