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100 underage migrants relocate to Germany together with their families

Nearly 100 underage migrants with health issues and their families currently in Greece will be relocated to Germany on Friday, following an agreement in March, Berlin said on Monday.

A spokesperson of Germany’s federal Interior Ministry said on Monday that their countries of origin include Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Palestinian Territories, and they will undergo the process of applying for asylum in Germany.

According to a report by German daily Die Welt, the 24 families will land in Kassel and from there will be assigned to other areas.

The process has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, it said, but the final decision on whether the migrants should be subjected to quarantine lies with the receiving states, as Greece is not considered a pandemic hotspot.

All members of the families have been tested for Covid-19.

According to the newspaper, the total number of migrants relocated to Germany is expected to reach 928 individuals, of whom 243 are children in need of hospitalization and will be arriving with their families.

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3 comments

  1. I was under the impression that they were supposed to stop when they got to the fIrst safe haven? OR IS THAT NOW A MYTH?

    • You are citing a provision of the Dublin Regulation, invented by EU governments in 1990, and delayed until 1999. It has been amended 3 times by the European Court of Justice, for its bad treatment of refugees. In the revision law, family members have the right to join their families in another EU country. Also, unaccompanied minors (children) have to be treated specially, and not kept in concentration camps. EU governments are required to assist Greece in helping children without families find safe homes, wherever in Europe.

      Moreover, the new law passed in 2016 (which Hungary and Poland refuse to obey, and have been found guilty by the courts) requires other EU countries to accept their fair share of refugee relocations away from Greece and Italy.

      Sorry if this protection of children and refugees is offensive to your political beliefs.

  2. So we are actually not talking about just 100 underage migrants but also their 700 – 800 family members.