139 migrants arrived in Hanover, Germany, from Greece on September 29, 2020 | Photo: Picture-alliance
139 migrants arrived in Hanover, Germany, from Greece on September 29, 2020 | Photo: Picture-alliance

Another flight bringing migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Greece landed in the northern German city of Hanover on Thursday. A total of 66 people will be distributed across Germany, according to the German interior ministry.

After undergoing tests for the novel coronavirus, the migrants and refugees will be quarantined before being redistributed to various German states.

The majority of the of the new arrivals — 48 persons — belong to a contingent of more than 1,500 recognized refugees who were accepted by Germany after the destruction of the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Half of them were reported to be underage and to have been granted some form of protection by Greek asylum authorities. Another 18 migrants were unaccompanied minors aged 15 to 17, who however are yet to undergo the asylum process in Germany.

Since April this year, Germany has admitted a total of 1,075 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Greece thus far, exceeding the numbers it had committed to before. Such relocation flights have been landing almost weekly in recent months.

Focus of minors

The German government had agreed in March 2020 to allow almost 1,000 migrants and refugees from the squalid camps of the Greek islands to enter the country as part of a European initiative. About a quarter of them were pegged to be children and young people in need of treatment.

The main German states accepting the migrants as part of the redistribution process are Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Thuringia, Lower Saxony, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.

with dpa

 

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