The Polish government sent 156 mobile housing units to Greece for the accommodation of refugees.
They were received by Alternate Minister of Migration & Asylum Giorgos Koumoutsakos in the presence of Poland’s Ambassador to Greece Artur Lompart at the Avlona army camp, north of Athens, on Wednesday.
Παραλάβαμε σήμερα με τον Πολωνό Πρεσβη, κ. @LompartA, 156 RHUs (οικίσκοι) οι οποίοι θα χρησιμοποιηθούν για τη διαμονή μεταναστών και προσφύγων στα νησιά του Αν. Αιγαίου και την ενδοχώρα.
Ευχαριστώ την κυβέρνηση της Πολωνίας για τη σημαντική έμπρακτη αλληλεγγύη. pic.twitter.com/OqXNly8mm5
— Giorgos Koumoutsakos (@GKoumoutsakos) October 7, 2020
Koumoutsakos noted that the units will cover “the needs that arose after the recent arson at Lesvos’ Moria refugee reception and identification center,” and added that even though Greece and Poland “may not always have convergent views on European migration policy (…) what matters is that Europe works together to tackle the migration challenge.”
Less than a month ago, on Tuesday the 8th September, a fire broke out at Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos at approximately 2 am after clashes began when some of the 35 refugees who tested positive for Covid-19 refused to move into isolation with their families.
The island of Lesvos was declared in state of emergency for four months, by order of Deputy Civil Protection and Management Crises Minister Nikos Hardalias and the general secretary of civil protection Vassilis Papageorgiou.
On his part, the Polish ambassador explained that his country’s government “and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki personally responded to the request of the Greek government, and made a quick decision in July to purchase the mobile housing units” as a gesture of solidarity to Greece.