Germany opens doors to 1,553 migrants stranded on Greek islands

Germany has agreed to take in 1,553 migrants stranded on Greek islands after fires were started by asylum seekers who were angry that the government had instructed them to quarantine after an outbreak of coronavirus.

The decision follows a rise in opinion polls by her conservative party at the expense of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), after what is widely seen as her steady handling of the coronavirus crisis.

The AfD entered German parliament for the first time following Mrs Merkel's controversial decision to open Germany’s doors to 1.2 million people seeking protection, and is now the main opposition party.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed that Germany would house some 1,553 migrants from 408 families whose asylum applications had already been accepted.

Germany will also accept up to 150 unaccompanied minors as asylum seekers and is in the process of taking in 243 children who need treatment and their close family, who will total about 1,000 people, said Seibert.

“The government is committed to a further European solution with other member states,” he said in a statement, adding that this would involve Germany accepting more people in line with its size.

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