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Greece: EU aims to relocate '6,000 refugees per week' from Idomeni camp02:22

Greece: EU aims to relocate '6,000 refugees per week' from Idomeni camp

Greece, Idomeni
March 15, 2016 at 17:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos visited the refugee camp in Idomeni, near the Greek-Macedonian border, on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by a delegation from the European Commission featuring spokesperson Margaritis Schinas. They examined the living conditions in the camp and talked with several refugees who are currently residing there. Avramopoulos held a meeting with representatives of NGOs, such as the Red Cross, and discussed with them the current situation in the camp.

Talking to the media, Avramopoulos said that the aim was "to relocate 6,000 refugees per week" and called for member states and third countries to cooperate in solving problems related to the Idomeni camp. He said that now is "the moment for everybody to show solidarity and responsibility," saying that these are the basic principles of the European Union.

Around 12,000 people remain stranded at the Idomeni camp, where conditions continue to worsen following a spell of heavy rain. On Monday hundreds of refugees started leaving the camp, looking to find ways to pass through into Macedonia and then to northern Europe.

Greece: EU aims to relocate '6,000 refugees per week' from Idomeni camp02:22
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European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos visited the refugee camp in Idomeni, near the Greek-Macedonian border, on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by a delegation from the European Commission featuring spokesperson Margaritis Schinas. They examined the living conditions in the camp and talked with several refugees who are currently residing there. Avramopoulos held a meeting with representatives of NGOs, such as the Red Cross, and discussed with them the current situation in the camp.

Talking to the media, Avramopoulos said that the aim was "to relocate 6,000 refugees per week" and called for member states and third countries to cooperate in solving problems related to the Idomeni camp. He said that now is "the moment for everybody to show solidarity and responsibility," saying that these are the basic principles of the European Union.

Around 12,000 people remain stranded at the Idomeni camp, where conditions continue to worsen following a spell of heavy rain. On Monday hundreds of refugees started leaving the camp, looking to find ways to pass through into Macedonia and then to northern Europe.

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