The Minister of the Interior Sandis Ģirģens (“KPV LV”) rejects the possibility to receive migrants in Latvia from the fire-torn Moria camp on the island of Lesbos.
Interview with Sandis Ģirģens, Minister of the InteriorJānis Ramāns
Greece has raised the issue of the accommodation of refugees in Europe after the fire completely destroyed the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos. Lithuania has refused to accept these refugees.
“My position coincides with the position of Lithuania,” Girgen said in an interview with Latvijas Radio, pointing out that the country’s position must be approved by the government.
Girgens considers the following position to be rational: “A lot needs to be done and the protection of the European Union’s external borders must be continued, Frontex must be strengthened, cooperation with third countries must be established, and an effective return policy must be developed. There are many tools with which the European Union can deal with the so-called migration crisis. “
Some 13,000 people have been left homeless in the Moria Migrant Accommodation Center in Greece after several fires. Camp residents say at least three people have lost their lives in the fires. The Greek government denies reports of the deaths.
The UN Refugee Agency reports that homeless people do not have access to clean drinking water and food. Unsanitary conditions may contribute to the spread of Covid-19 among Camp Moria residents.
Following the incident, human rights defenders have criticized Greece and the European Union (EU), which have so far ignored the inhumane conditions in the camp. Critics compare Moriah’s camp to a time bomb that has finally exploded.
The German presidency called on the other member states to help Greece, including by relocating some of its asylum seekers there. French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe must show solidarity with Greece, and he promises to discuss with Germany the possible reception of migrants from the Moria camp.
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