Aid workers, activists and officials said a series of fires were started intentionally by a group of camp residents who were furious at being forced to quarantine after at least 35 people tested positive for coronavirus at the camp.
Who started the fire on Lesbos?
The Greek authorities have blamed the blaze on a small number of residents of the camp, but among the refugees themselves many say local far-right activists started the fire. On both sides there were people who wanted the camp gone.
Who set Moria on fire?
Greek authorities believed the fire was deliberately lit by camp occupants after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery of Covid-19 cases among people living on the site.
Can refugees leave camps?
Once it is safe for them to return to their home countries the refugees can use voluntary return programmes. In some cases, refugees may be integrated and naturalised by the country they fled to. In some cases, often after several years, refugees may get the offer to be resettled in “third countries”.
Did refugees start fires in Greece?
A view of the destroyed Moria camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, June 3, 2021. CHIOS, GREECE – A Greek court on Saturday sentenced four Afghan asylum–seekers convicted of starting fires that burnt down Europe’s largest migrant camp last year to 10 years in prison each.
Where are the Moria refugees now?
Today, 7,200 people remain in the new Kara Tepe camp, where the living conditions have been criticised by humanitarian organisations. In the aftermath of the fire, however, an unknown number of people from the camp went missing.
When did the Moria camp burned?
During the night of 8 September, the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burst into flames. According to a Red Cross report the camp, the biggest of its kind in Europe, was at more than four times capacity. Nearly 11,000 people had to flee.
How many people died in the Moria camp fire?
Witnesses have told the BBC that three people died in the fire but the Greek migration minister said there had been “no casualties, no loss of life”. He said that some people were returning to “safe areas” near the Moria camp, which was only designed to hold 3,000 people.
Where are the biggest refugee camps?
As more than 800,000 refugees arrived in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, Kutupalong became the world’s largest refugee camp.
Which Greek island has refugees?
The number of migrants and refugees on Samos has shrunk down to almost a quarter of what it was just a few months ago, according to Greek national broadcaster ERT. The only island still working more intensely on relocating migrants is Lesbos.
How many refugees are in Moria?
Following the devastating fire at the Moria camp, which displaced more than 12,000 people who were staying in and around Europe’s then-largest migrant camp, Greece hastily erected the Kara Tepe tent camp nearby.