BERLIN – 1,500 migrant children from Greece

The EU is considering accepting up to 1,500 migrant children currently in Greek camps, the German government said Monday. “A humanitarian solution is being negotiated at the European level for a ‘coalition of the willing’ to take in these children,” it said, adding that Berlin is ready to take in an “appropriate” share.

On Sunday (8 March) a Grand Coalition committee meeting took place. 

Socialist co-chair Norbert Walter-Borjans (SPD) called on Germany to accept children from Greece’s overcrowded refugee camps even if that would mean being the only EU member state doing so, which is not in line with how his coalition partners view the matter.

“We will not let people die if this solution cannot be found quickly. Then Germany must act, all the more so when SPD-led states and many municipalities have declared their willingness to accept this manageable number of people,” Walter-Borjans told radio station Deutschlandfunk.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (CSU) had previously rejected the idea of Germany taking in more refugees all alone.

Besides, the Grand Coalition voted last week against a motion put forth by the Greens that would have brought 5,000 unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, women travelling alone and traumatised people from Greek refugee camps to Germany. 

While many members of the SPD supported the core idea of the Greens’ proposal, they could not agree to a motion that did not involve a European solution.

(Sarah Lawton |

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