A total of 99 refugees and asylum seekers arrived in the German city of Hanover on Thursday. Among them: sick children and their families, as well as unaccompanied minors. They are part of two contingents that Germany has agreed to take in from overcrowded camps in Greece.
According to the German interior ministry, there were 21 families and 13 unaccompanied minors on board the plane that arrived in Hanover, Germany, on December 3. The families are made up of 36 adults and 50 children, 24 of whom are sick and in need of medical treatment.
Including this latest arrival, a total of 1,291 vulnerable persons have been transferred to Germany from Greek migrant camps since April.
Back then, several European countries had pledged to take in around 1,600 refugees and asylum seekers from overcrowded camps in Greece. Germany had agreed to accept around 240 sick children and their immediate families.
Refugees from former Moria camp
The 13 newly arrived unaccompanied minors are part of a another contingent -- a group of 1,553 recognized refugees that Germany agreed to take in after the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos went up in flames in early September.
Since then, more than 600 former residents of Moria have been flown to Germany. A flight on October 22 transferred 104 people, among them 17 sick children and their families.
The 99 newly arrived people will be distributed across several German states: Brandenburg, Bavaria, Hesse, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.