Bavaria, North-Rhine Westphalia and other states in Germany have announced they will take in several families with sick children currently living in squalid conditions in Greek refugee hotspots.
Bavaria's interior ministry on Tuesday announced it would take in a group of 82 persons which includes around 20 "critically ill" children and their families. The transfer was confirmed by the federal government, said a ministry spokesperson according to news agency dpa.
The federal government is the decision-making authority for all relocations to Germany and responsible for the distribution between the states.
66 children and adults will be sent to the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, another 50 to Baden-Württemberg. Berlin had announced several days ago it would take in 142 migrants. There was no information provided concerning the migrants' countries of origin.
North-Rhine Westphalia on Wednesday announced it had agreed to a share of 220 people. North-Rhine Westphalia has the largest population of all German states. The state migration minister, Joachim Stamp, told reporters that it was a humanitarian responsibility to stop the suffering in Greek refugee camps. "It's up to the whole of Europe to put an end to these catastrophic conditions," Stamp said.
Pledge to take in 1,600
A total of 928 migrants and refugees are to be relocated to Germany overall. The measure dates back to a pledge by several European nations in March to take in some 1,600 vulnerable migrants and refugees from overcrowded, insanitary camps in Greece.
Germany in a first step transferred 47 unaccompanied minors, mostly young boys from Afghanistan, in April. Six children followed in late June. Other children and families have already arrived in other countries including in Switzerland, Sweden and Luxembourg.Medical checks