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Moria: Police arrested five suspected arsonists

“The arsonists have been arrested. They are young migrants. Another one is still wanted,” said the Greek Minister for Civil Protection.

Greek security forces arrested five suspected arsonists who reportedly set fire to the Moria registry camp last week. This was announced by the Greek minister for civil protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, on Tuesday.

“The arsonists have been arrested. They are young migrants. Another one is still wanted,” he said on the state radio (ERT). From police circles it was said that the five alleged arsonists were Afghans whose asylum applications had been rejected.

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Afghans whose asylum applications have been rejected are said to have started fires

13,000 migrants homeless

The camp in Moria on the East Aegean island of Lesbos was almost completely destroyed in several simultaneous fires. Almost 13,000 refugees were left homeless as a result. To accommodate these people, Athens has set up a tent camp not far from the old one of Moria, to which the people are now to be gradually brought.

However, some refuse to move into the new camp because they fear it could become some kind of prison. As the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” reported on Tuesday, the new facility in Moria is to be monitored by the police.

“Develop a new asylum system”

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) have agreed to take in around 1,500 additional migrants from the Greek islands. As the German press agency learned on Tuesday from domestic politicians, these are families with children. More than 12,000 migrants were left homeless after the fire in the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos.

Sweden – so far generous in accepting migrants – has not yet announced a decision. Migration Minister Morgan Johansson referred to the responsibility of the immigration authorities. The latter, in turn, stated that it could only decide on asylum proceedings that were already ongoing, unless there was an instruction from Brussels.

EU Council President Charles Michel stressed the need to reform the European asylum system. “We have to develop a fair and strong response to fight smugglers and a new asylum system,” Michel said after meeting the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens on Tuesday.

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