Germany plans to take in around 1,500 refugees from Greek islands

(dpa) – Germany is to take in about 1,500 additional migrants currently living on Greek islands, focusing on families with children, sources told dpa on Tuesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer agreed to the plan following pressure on the government to step up its response to the devastating fire at the Moria camp on Lesbos, which left some 12,000 people homeless.

Germany already committed late last week to taking in 100-150 children as part of a joint European initiative for unaccompanied minors.

Greece is a common first destination for refugees who are trying to reach European shores from the Middle East and North Africa.

Source – dpa

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