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Beginning of the resettlement of migrants in the new Lesbos camp


The first migrants and refugees to become homeless after the fire destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesvos have started moving to the new transition camp set up at the island’s Kara Tepe Army firing range. The camp can accommodate around 3,000 people, which means at least 8,500 more will be homeless temporarily.

Everyone who enters the camp is given the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for the coronavirus, which produces results in 15 minutes. A positive result has already been produced.Those testing positive and people they have contacted will be taken to a nearby quarantine location.Officials from the Migration and Asylum Ministry said families and members of “vulnerable groups” would be given priority.

The resettlement takes place slowly; from 6.30 p.m. about 150 people, at most, had entered the new camp.Many migrants and refugees refuse to be relocated to the new camp, demanding to be transferred to the Greek mainland, from where, presumably, many will attempt to cross illegally to more prosperous EU countries.

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