Ireland asked to take number of unaccompanied minors following fire in Greece

Ireland has been asked to take a small number of unaccompanied minors following the fire at Greece’s largest migrant camp.

The fire broke out at the camp, which is home to 12,000 people, on Tuesday night. Greek officials say they believe it was lit deliberately by migrants reacting to quarantine measures after Covid-19 was detected in the camp last week.

An Irish doctor based on the island described the fire at as “absolutely catastrophic”.

Several EU states, including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Finland, have agreed to take in the young migrants. However, Belgium refused to take any and Denmark said it would send money instead.

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