Southern Neighbourhood
Migration and mobility


As president of the European Union, Germany called for an “urgent” reaction and a European compromise on the distribution of migrants across the continent after the fire that ravaged Greece’s largest refugee camp, Moria, which housed nearly 12.700 asylum seekers, including 4.000 children. 

A few hours after the tragedy, thousands of Germans demonstrated in several cities across the country to demand care for migrants who had become homeless. 

The demonstrators chanted slogans such as “right to stay, everywhere, no one is illegal” or “we have room”. 

In an interview with AFP, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Michael Roth, said “we urgently need a common reception program from as many EU countries as possible and finally a common migration and asylum policy”. 

For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed her deep sadness at the fire and affirmed that the EU is ready to support Greece in the face of this tragedy.

In a tweet, French president, Emmanuel Macron, noted that “the fire in a camp in Lesbos is an additional tragedy for thousands of migrants who are already in distress. France will once again be at the rendezvous of solidarity with Greece". 

The government’s spokesman, Gabriel Attal, for his part, stressed that “France has never shirked its responsibilities” and “is ready as always to take its part in solidarity”.