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EKD Council chair: treat refugees well after closing down Idomeni camp

May 25, 2016

Heilbronn/Hanover (epd). After work started on clearing the Greek refugee camp near Idomeni, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), urged that the thousands of refugees concerned be treated humanely. "It is good that the Idomeni camp has now been closed, as it lacked the facilities for decent living conditions. Now it is important that the people are accommodated better and with dignity," Bedford-Strohm told the newspaper "Heilbronner Stimme" (online edition).

"It must not remain in the realm of theory that refugees can reach Europe legally. Legal channels existing on paper must finally be used consistently. The people concerned must be able to rely on a quota system," Bedford-Strohm admonished. The Lutheran bishop of Bavaria also called for a more resolute refugee policy on the part of the European Union. "Idomeni stands for the failure of Europe to practise a uniform, coordinated refugee policy," he noted critically.



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