Greek police have detained six migrants over a fire that razed the Moria refugee camp to the ground, the government has said, as thousands of displaced people refused to move to a new facility and demanded to leave Lesbos island.
More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp on Wednesday last week.
Greek authorities believe the fire was deliberately lit by camp occupants after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery of COVID-19 cases on the site, but the incident has put the migrant issue firmly back on the European agenda.
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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis repeated a call for more help from the EU, which has struggled to find a unified approach to the migrant crisis at its borders, saying it was time for “tangible solidarity” from Europe.
European Council President Charles Michel was due to visit Lesbos on Tuesday and government officials in Berlin said Germany could take in up to 1,500 people stranded by the fire, in addition to the 100 to 150 Berlin has already agreed to take in. But a wider solution has remained elusive.
Mitsotakis said a permanent new reception facility would be built on Lesbos with EU support and that the notoriously overcrowded and squalid Moria camp “belongs to the past.”
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On the ground in Lesbos, however, thousands, including children, were still sleeping rough a week after the blaze.
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