With Europe now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has slammed shut its external borders to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Aid agencies are particularly concerned about the spread of virus in large, crowded camps, including Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, home to about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled persecutions in Myanmar in 2017.
Brussels, Ankara should realistically negotiate refugee issue, says Hungarian foreign minister
The Interior Ministry has halted the programmes on refugee resettlement "due to the restrictions on travel."
"The temporary shutdown of cross-border movement within the EU will inevitably impact when and how vulnerable children in Greece are relocated to Germany, Finland and other states," a senior UNICEF official said.
The fire burned through two containers used as living quarters by people in the Moria camp, as well as some tents, a spokesman said.
Weeks after making their way to the Greek border region, refugees and migrants are holding out despite Greek attempts to push them back.
Turkey announced in February it would no longer stop refugees and migrants from reaching Europe via land, while banning boat crossings as too dangerous, accusing the EU of failing to keep promises under the 2016 refugee deal.
EU and Greek officials said they will offer 5,000 asylum seekers a $2,260 stipend to return home, an offer which does not apply to those refugees arriving via Turkey in the last two weeks.
Greece is detaining migrants at a secret extrajudicial location before deporting them to Turkey without processing their asylum claims, a New York Times report says. Meanwhile, EU asks Greece to probe violence against refugees.
As refugees on the Greek-Turkish border continue to reel from decisions taken in far-away places their ordeal shows no sign of abating.
“NATO is in a critical period in which it should clearly show the alliance’s solidarity [with Turkey],” President Erdogan told reporters during a press conference alongside NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg.
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