The French President and the German Chancellor are today launching an initiative to come to the aid of homeless minor migrants after the fire in the Moria camp in Greece.
The German Chancellor should detail this plan in the coming hours according to a source familiar with the matter.
Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have launched an initiative to allow the reception by several European countries of about 400 unaccompanied minor migrants who were in the Greek camp of Moria, ravaged by a fire, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Young people must be distributed among the EU countries that will rally to this Franco-German initiative, the same source explained.
"Welcoming refugees, especially minors"
The number of 400 is "an order of magnitude", which has yet to be confirmed by the Greek authorities, the source said.
Details are to be announced later today by the German Chancellor, whose country currently chairs the European Union.
The Moria "disaster", as Germany called it, sparked solidarity in the country and reopened the debate on the reception of asylum seekers in Europe, about which the countries of the 'EU are tearing themselves apart.
For his part, the French head of state had already declared that he had had discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Greek Prime Minister.
"We wish, Germany, France but also with several other European countries, in connection with the European Commission, to be at the rendezvous of solidarity", he said during a press conference in Ajaccio in Corsica, Thursday morning.
"We are trying to hire as many European countries as possible to welcome refugees, especially minors," he said.
In Brussels, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson for her part confirmed "ongoing discussions" between EU member states about the 400 unaccompanied minors who were transferred Wednesday evening from Lesbos to the continent.
Thousands of migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos were left homeless on Wednesday after a huge fire that ravaged Moria, Greece's largest and sordid refugee camp, where they were crowded in the early hours of the morning.
An event that revives the debates five years, almost to the day, after the migrant "crisis" of 2015 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to open the borders of her country to hundreds of thousands of migrants, in particular fleeing the civil war in Syria.