Germany accepted another 90 refugees from camps in Greece on Friday. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced, 19 children in need of medical treatment and three adolescents and their core families arrived at Berlin-Schönefeld airport in the morning. There were 22 families with between two and eight members.
According to a decision by the federal government, Germany wants to take in a total of 243 children from Greece who require medical treatment as part of a European aid campaign. Their parents and siblings are also allowed to enter. Other groups had already arrived in April and then on July 24th.
According to the Interior Ministry, 46 people from Afghanistan, 18 from Syria, 11 from Iraq, seven from the Palestinian Territories, three each from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, and two from Somalia, said the ministry admitted on Friday. All of you now have to complete a normal asylum procedure in Germany.
The new arrivals are to be distributed to the federal states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bavaria and Berlin. Medical needs and possible family ties to people already living in Germany should also be taken into account.
Previously, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) had rejected an application from the State of Berlin to accept a further contingent of up to 300 refugees from Greece in the capital. The governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) spoke of a “political scandal” on Thursday. “That makes us all very angry in the Senate,” he told RBB.