Germany has confirmed that ten European countries have reached an agreement to retrieve 400 unaccompanied minors from the largest Greek migrant camp after it was destroyed by fire.
During a press conference on Friday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that most of the minors will be taken in by Germany and France.
Before the fire that destroyed almost everything, the Moria camp housed around 13,000 people.
The fire has left many families sleeping in fields and on streets since Wednesday as authorities and the local government struggled to find shelter for them.
What a surprise it was the reaction of the residents of Moria, who blocked roads to stop charity aid and opposed new tents being built.
The Greek government has sent a team to find a solution at the local level. Margaritis Schinas, the Vice President of the European Commission, announced during a visit to Moria that the camp would be replaced by a modern facility, which the locals are rejecting.
Vangelis Violatzis, a local community leader, was quoted as saying that it was time to close camp Moria for good. He said they don’t want any more camp and they will oppose any construction. He added that they have been facing the situation for years and it is now up to others to shoulder the burden.
There were misunderstandings and divisions in the operation of the camp, and the handling of the large influxes of migrants mainly to Greece and Italy has disunited the EU for several years.
Greece and Italy have accused northern European wealthier nations of not helping much.
Some nations from Central and Eastern Europe have openly opposed the idea of taking in some of the migrants. However, Mr. Seehofer confirmed that France and Germany will willingly accept between 100 and 150 unaccompanied minors. The Netherlands and Finland have accepted 50 and 11 children respectively.
Mr. Seehofer said there are ongoing talks with other nations to accept some of them. Reports from Germany show that Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia and Luxembourg are other countries in which children are to be accepted.
The Interior Minister said the fire in Moria was a sharp reminder to everyone of what should be changed in Europe.
Several charities and NGOs have written to the German government demanding that more should be done to all other migrants and not just minors.
An open letter stated that the state in the Moria camp was shameful and that the fire disaster was a direct consequence of the unsuccessful European refugee policy and the EU is to help those affected.
All 400 minors were flown to mainland Greece. EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Wednesday that she had financed the transfer and accommodation of these minors.
In a tweet, she said that the safety and protection of all people in Moria is a priority.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday that the migrant crisis is Europe’s problem and that concrete EU action is now needed to address this problem. He added that Europe needs to move from words of solidarity to a policy of solidarity.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.