Mayors want to take in Moria refugees

Freiburg, about dts
Freiburg, about dts
In a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU), the mayors of Hanover, Potsdam, Freiburg, Oldenburg, Düsseldorf, Göttingen, Gießen, Cologne, Bielefeld and Krefeld have declared their willingness to accept refugees from the burned-down Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, and asked both to pave the way for it.

"It was with great dismay that we had to learn that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burned down almost completely in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday," said the letter reported by the newspapers of the "editorial network Germany". "The 13.000 people who had to live there have now also lost their last roof over their heads."

In addition, as many feared, there are now people infected with the corona virus among them. As Lord Mayor, "who we have been declaring our willingness to accept for two years, we are appalled that the European Union has not succeeded in preventing this escalation in Moria and the inhumane conditions in the camps on the European external borders, despite numerous warnings." That is why they reaffirm their readiness to make "a humanitarian contribution to humane accommodation for those seeking protection in Europe". "We are ready to take in people from Moria to defuse the humanitarian catastrophe."

Action must finally be taken, write the mayors of the ten cities mentioned, who ask the federal government to “go ahead and not wait any longer for a pan-European solution”. All over Europe, municipalities are ready to help. This must be made possible. "Let us give the people of Moria back the dignity that was taken from them elsewhere."

Seehofer had previously refused to give willing municipalities this option.