After the devastating fire in the Moria refugee camp a week ago, around 11,000 refugees on Lesvos are still homeless.
Although the Greek authorities, with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), have now set up a makeshift tent camp on a former shooting range, the transfer of people is making slow progress, as “Spiegel” reports. Only around 1200 refugees have moved into quarters there.
A large-scale police operation has been underway since Thursday morning. According to observers, security forces are now forcing people into the camp by force. Aid organizations are denied access to the refugees.
70 female officers in white protective suits who were flown in from Athens take part in the action, reports the “Bild”. They served to protect public health; their task was to be the first to gently encourage women and children to leave the town on the coastal road on Lesbos and move to the newly built refugee camp Kara Tepe.
The situation is calm, so far people have followed the instructions, say witnesses.
Refugees fear being trapped
Many refugees on site reported their fear of the new camp. They fear being trapped there. Officials also said some of the migrants are reluctant to move to the new camp. They hope to be able to leave the island.
The federal government wants to accept 1,500 refugees recognized by Greece as in need of protection.