On the island of Lesbos in Greece -
Petros Giannakouris / AP / SIPA
Thousands of asylum seekers without food and water wandered Thursday near the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, ravaged by two consecutive fires, the Greek government struggling to come to their aid.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis then urged the European Union to place the migration crisis at the heart of its concerns.
“Europe must move from words of solidarity to a policy of acts of solidarity.
We must put the migration crisis at the heart of our discussions and be much more concrete, ”he declared at a summit of heads of state and government of southern European countries on the French island. from Corsica.
"We must put the migration crisis at the heart of our priorities, become much more concrete and effective", he said again, recalling that "Greece and other countries of the South are today facing an extremely heavy and difficult to face ”.
Paris and Berlin are mobilizing together
Emmanuel Macron had previously assured that the migration crisis "will be at the heart of the European agenda for the coming weeks", affirming that "the impasse has lasted too long on migration issues".
He recalled that Germany and France had proposed, after the fire in Moria, the support "of unaccompanied minors, in particular to also participate, as it should be, in this European solidarity".
"Germany and France will participate, I hope also other member states", declared for her part Angela Merkel at a conference in Berlin, also estimating that the drama of the Moria camp must push the countries of the EU to “finally” achieve a common migration policy.
The Chancellor did not directly specify the number of young people concerned.
But she referred to a group of minors transferred from the island of Lesbos to mainland Greece, which according to the World Organization for Migration amounts to 406 unaccompanied young people.
A hundred migrants welcomed in the Netherlands
The Netherlands offered in the wake of welcoming a hundred migrants, half of them minors.
"The Dutch government is open to a request from Greece to host a contingent of minors and families after the terrible events in the Greek camp of Moria", said Deputy Minister for Justice and Security Ankie Broekers-Knol, in a press release.
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