Portugal available to receive refugees from Moria

in News · 13-09-2020 18:00:00 · 10 Comments
Portugal available to receive refugees from Moria

The Portuguese government has expressed its willingness to take in people who were in the Moria refugee camp following the fire on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The position of the Portuguese authorities was forwarded to the European Commission as part of a European solidarity effort, according to a communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Interior and the office of the Minister of State and Presidency.

"This effort will result in the implementation, in conjunction with the Greek authorities, of two existing instruments. These are the Bilateral Agreement between the two countries for the relocation of refugees and asylum seekers and the Portuguese demonstration of readiness to receive a total of 500 unaccompanied minors", the document states.

Under the Bilateral Agreement already signed between Portugal and Greece, "the already planned transfer of the first 100 persons will be speeded up".

This agreement, which provides for the reception of up to 1,000 people in refugee camps in Greece, has been given the green light by the European Commission and has been accompanied by the International Organisation for Migration.

As regards unaccompanied minors, a further 28 are expected to arrive in September from refugee camps in Greece.

It is the Greek authorities who determine the profiles of the people "by prioritising those who are most vulnerable", the Portuguese government specified in the press release.

The first group of 25 minors, out of a total of 500 that Portugal was willing to receive, arrived in the country on 7 July.

Ten European Union countries will receive around 400 unaccompanied minor migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos after the fires that destroyed the Moria camp, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced on 11 September.

Thousands of refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos have spent the third night without shelter after the fires that destroyed Moria's shelter and at a time when residents are demonstrating against migration.

In the early hours of the morning, the police unloaded a detachment, eleven vehicles and a water cannon to control the protests of the local inhabitants, who are afraid they may intensify, against the refugees of the camp in Moria.


Comments:

kari...i hope you don't have kids, because people like you shouldn't. and michel - learn english or Portuguese. and maybe move to Sachsen in Germany, there you have like-minded folks.

by phil from Lisbon on 16-09-2020 07:39:00

When will Portugal learn that being politically correct does not solve the problem ,these are traumatized children that have gone thru most of there forming years in terrible conditions where Europeans have been blamed for all that is wrong, they will fall in out of fear and need but will come back in there late teens to haunt you,the cause is noble but the end results are not. They should be looked after by people of their own with similar ways of life ,culture ,religion maybe not a perfect solution but in the end the best. Hard decision's have to be made ,we can't let some benefit while others in our country suffer and may suffer more in the long run because the decisions made today, its always wise not to rock the old boat to much ,unless you the only occupant. Viva Portugal!.

by Joao Carlos Bastos from Other on 15-09-2020 07:49:00

I have to agree with Michel....it's all about education. Humans are taught their behavior. They can learn to be kind, tolerant, and empathetic, or like Kari and Michel, they learn to be selfish, arrogant and narrow- minded. I'm sure the little vermin will fair better!

by William from Other on 15-09-2020 12:35:00

Kari Lehto - SHAME ON YOU!!

by Cathie from Other on 14-09-2020 10:57:00

Wow, another great Humanatirian and sympathetic decision has been taken by The Portugal Government this year 2020. We must welcome those asylums from Greece Island. Regards

by Petfoodi from Lisbon on 14-09-2020 12:26:00

I hope Europe stays calm, reasonable and humanitarian in the face of the refugee crisis. When we start turning against fellow human beings, even children, purely because of our distrust, preconceptions or hate, there is a danger our attitudes will create another ghastly chapter in human history.
Well done Portugal for helping rescue, raise and educate these unfortunate children.

by Annie from Algarve on 14-09-2020 11:54:00

I would like to help with the transition of the refugees. Please put me in contact with those who are coordinate.

by Victoria East from USA on 14-09-2020 10:23:00

Ces gens brûlent leur propres camps et puis demandent de l'aide...on appelle cela du chantage et nos dirigeants les suivent les yeux fermés....attention aux conséquences futures, ces gens n'ont pas eu la même éducation que nous, ils sortent de pays en guerre! Très grosse différence!!!!!!

by Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 14-09-2020 08:42:00

le Portugal est occupé à faire les mêmes bêtises que la France et la Belgique en recueillant ces immigrés mineurs qui seront la vermine dans le futur de la population portugaise.Faire de l'humanitaire c'est bien mais il faut réfléchir aux conséquences avant qu'il ne soit trop tard...

by Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 14-09-2020 08:38:00

Better hire an equal amount of extra firefighters then, in case they feel dissatisfied by their accommodation.

by Kari Lehto from Other on 13-09-2020 09:56:00
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