Following the disastrous fires at the overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, ten European countries have bowed to pressure from Greece and agreed to take up to 407 individuals, mainly unaccompanied minors and mothers with young children.
Germany and France will take the highest numbers, followed by the Netherlands. However, EU countries in the east of the bloc are unlikely to participate in the distribution of migrants, having stated their strong opposition to the policy. These include Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Meanwhile, residents on Lesbos, who say their own predicament is increasingly desperate, have set up roadblocks to prevent migrants from reaching the island’s main town, Mytilene. Firefighters who attempted to put the blazes on Tuesday and Wednesday nights reported that the fires had been set deliberately.
PHOTO: Refugees and migrants from the destroyed Moria camp protest after the news about the creation of a new temporary camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece September 11, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis