Germany plans to take in 1,500 refugees from Greek islands

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The pressure has grown on Merkel to offer refuge to 11,500 homeless people who have been made homeless by fire in a refugee camp.

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Germany plans to take in 1,500 migrants currently seeking refuge on Greek islands, government sources told AFP, in addition to around 150 unaccompanied minors from the burned-out Moria camp.

According to a plan agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Berlin will take in migrants who have already secured refugee status, giving priority to families with children.

Merkel’s right-left coalition government is in talks on the plan, and her junior partner Social Democrats expects a deal by Wednesday.

After a fire ravaged Greece’s largest refugee camp, Moria, last week, pressure has increased on Merkel’s government to provide refuge for the 11,500 homeless people left by the disaster.

While Berlin has announced its willingness to open its doors to more than 150 minors, German media reported that Athens was against Germany accepting more asylum seekers from Moria.

According to the daily Bild newspaper, this could induce more migrants to set fire to their homes in Greece in the hope that the largest European economy will then offer them refuge.

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