Germany suspends humanitarian admission of refugees following EU border closures in COVID-19 crisis

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior has decided to suspend programs for humanitarian admission of refugees for the time being. Programs aiming at providing shelter for refugees in distress and refugee admissions in the context of the EU-Turkey agreement are affected.

The admission programs came to halt on Friday, March 20, 2020, due to the EU’s entry ban for Non-EU citizens. The COVID-19 outbreak will not have any impact on European efforts to resettle minor refugees from Greek islands to other EU countries.

Meanwhile, experts point to the high risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in refugee camps; severe overcrowding and a lack of medical equipment could lead to widespread deaths.

News article – Deutsche Welle (in German)

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