The European Parliament will investigate the situation of migrants in Lesbos following the closure of the Moria camp

The European Parliament on Monday promised to investigate the situation of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, a year after the European Commission promised to close the fire-ravaged Moria camp.

At the request of a Spanish citizen who raised the question of whether the island of Lesvos respects fundamental rights, especially unaccompanied minors and women, political groups have called for an investigation into the problem. The island has seen new settlements inaugurated after the closure of Moria.

The Committee on Petitions has therefore decided to comply with the citizens’ request and to follow the debate in the European Parliament’s Committee on Freedoms. He also asked the European Commission for more information about the occupation data on the island and the situation of the migrants.

The European Parliament will investigate the situation of migrants in Lesbos following the closure of the Moria camp
The European Parliament will investigate the situation of migrants in Lesbos following the closure of the Moria camp

All political groups supported the initiative after a Community executive defended before MEPs that the situation in Lesvos had eased over the last year with 440,000 people being resettled in different Member States.

According to Brussels, 12,000 migrants have already been transferred to mainland Greece and the asylum procedure has been released in recent months, with applications for protection falling by 50 percent. All of this has led the municipal officials to the conclusion that “the situation is different now” on Lesvos.

These words were answered harshly by the representative of Syriza Konstantinos Arvanitis, who criticized Brussels’ complacency over the crisis in Lesbos, while the Italian socialist Pietro Bartolo complained that the situation on the Greek island had not changed and criticized the closure of the refugee camp the lack of political will to take responsibility for the fact that places like “Moria, Samos or Lampedusa” no longer exist.

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