Germany will take “children and adolescents in particular need of protection” from overcrowded migrant camps on the Turkish-Greek border. This decision was made by the coalition Committee in Berlin in the early morning of Monday, March 9, after seven hours of talks between politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), members of the ruling coalition.
Germany is ready to accept a “reasonable share” of migrants from the Turkish-Greek border as part of a “coalition of willing” at the European level, according to the final document of the meeting, as quoted by the AFP news agency.
“We are ready to support Greece against the background of a difficult humanitarian situation in which there are from 1000 to 1500 children on the Greek Islands,” the document says. Specifically, we are talking about children under the age of 14 who are in refugee camps without an adult escort, and those who urgently need treatment for a serious illness. They are mostly girls.
On the eve of its readiness to accept a certain number of young migrants who are on the Turkish-Greek border, Croatia has already stated. “Croatia has certain capabilities, and in the past, it has taken of children in critical situations,” — said in this regard, the Croatian Minister of internal Affairs Davor Bozinovic.
However, he did not specify exactly how many young migrants his country could accept. Before making a decision, you should wait for the results of the trip of the EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson to the Turkish-Greek border next week, Bozinovic added.
According to the UN High Commissioner for refugees, there are currently about 116,000 refugees and migrants on the Turkish-Greek border. According to the Greek center for social solidarity, there are 5,500 unaccompanied children and adolescents among them. Only 2,200 of them have temporary or long-term housing. The remaining children are housed in overcrowded refugee camps and unsafe housing or are homeless.
Meanwhile, a representative of the Greek government told the AFP news agency on March 8 that his country is going to expand and strengthen the fences on the border with Turkey. Border barriers should be expanded in three sections so that their length will increase by a total of 36 kilometers. In addition, it is planned to strengthen existing fences.