Five EU countries to take in child migrants stuck in Greece

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that EU countries Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal have all agreed to take in child migrants.

The president thanked the countries that have offered to take in unaccompanied and/or very sick minors inside the overflowing Greek refugee camps.

The numbers per country have not been announced yet, apart from Germany who recently declared that the city of Berlin will take in 80 to 100 children.

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Germany have said they would target children who were sick or younger than 14 and unaccompanied, the German capital’s senator for interior affairs told broadcaster RTL on Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition parties said on Monday they were ready to take in several hundred children from Greek camps together with other EU countries.

Asked when the children could arrive in the Berlin, interior affairs senator Andreas Geisel told the broadcaster: “It now depends on how quickly the German government implements this decision. I think it’s more like today than tomorrow.”

In the past week, more than 1,700 migrants have landed on Lesbos and other Greek Aegean islands on boats from Turkey.

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