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Germany takes in 18 migrant children from Greece

July 24, 2020

Greece has transferred 18 children in need of medical help, along with their close relatives, to Germany. Berlin agreed to the move as part of an effort to relieve pressure on camps in Greece.

Ankunft Flüchtlinge aus griechischen Flüchtlingslagern
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Pförtner

Children and their families arrived at Kassel Airport in central Germany on Friday, after being transferred from camps in Greece.

A total of 83 people, including the 18 children who require medical attention as well as their family members, were aboard the flight.

The families, who come from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Somalia and Syria, are to be distributed among nine German states.

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As part of an effort to relieve the pressure on camps in Greece, the German government has said it will accept a total of 243 sick children.

The group touched down on July 24 at Kassel Airport.
The group touched down at Kassel Airport, they will be distributed across different German statesImage: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Pförtner

Boris Pistorius, interior minister for the state of Hesse, said he was pleased to welcome the new arrivals.

"I am glad and relieved that we can bring more children from the unsustainable conditions of the Greek camps to Germany today," he said.

In April, a group of 47 unaccompanied children landed in Germany after being evacuated from the Greek camps. Luxembourg and Portugal also have taken in minors from Greece, and other European Union countries have agreed to do so in principle.

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rc/msh (dpa, AP, AFP)