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COVID-19: A rapporteur praises Greece for humanitarian transfer of vulnerable migrants from island camps

“It is an outstanding effort during the current pandemic that Greece transferred several hundred vulnerable migrants from island camps to Athens on 4 May. I wish to praise Greece for this humanitarian act, at a moment when Greece will begin to chair the Committee of Ministers,” declared Fabien @Gouttefarde (France, ALDE), PACE rapporteur on the protection of victims of forced displacement under international law.

“Greece has one of the lowest figures of persons infected with COVID-19 in Europe, and so far the island camps have no infected migrants. Nevertheless, the severe accommodation and sanitary situation has been a concern for years.”

“According to UNHCR data, 7,569 migrants arrived on the Greek islands by boat from Turkey from January to April 2020; 59,726 boat migrants arrived in 2019. Greece is hence a country which needs the support and solidarity of all member States. Luxembourg and Germany have recently resettled a few child refugees from Lesbos. Therefore, I hope other countries will relocate more vulnerable migrants.”