Children at Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in June 2020 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa
Children at Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in June 2020 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa

100 vulnerable migrants will be relocated from Greece to Germany this Friday. Among the roughly 24 families are sick children in need of medical treatment, the German interior ministry said.

The sick children will be accompanied by their core family members. There are around 24 families altogether, hailing from Afghanistan, Irak, Syria, Somalia, and the Palestinian Territories, German news agencies report.

The transfer from Greece to Kassel in the state of Hesse is expected to happen this Friday, July 24, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The relocation is part of an agreement earlier this year when Germany and other European countries pledged to take in 1,600 migrants from overcrowded, insanitary refugee camps in Greece, in particular unaccompanied minors and sick people. Germany announced it would take in around 920 migrants.

In a first step Germany 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.

Earlier last week, several state governments publicly announced the number of people that will be distributed to their states. North-Rhine Westphalia with the largest population of all German states agreed to a quota of 220 people.

The German interior ministry said that the migrants who arrive in Germany will have to undergo the regular asylum procedure.

With epd/KNA

 

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