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Greece pledges migrants made homeless will be resettled within days

Greece has pledged that migrants made homeless after devastating fires at Europe’s biggest refugee camp will be rehoused on the island “within days” in defiance of fierce opposition from locals.

The country’s migration minister Notis Mitarachi said the process of resettling more than 12,500 men, women and children forced to flee the facility in Lesbos was well under way even if the coronavirus pandemic meant it was also taking longer.

“It will take a few days but all the affected people will be moved into this temporary location behind me,” he told reporters at the site where authorities, with the aid of the army, have been racing to set up tents. “We hope to have 5,000 beds ready by the end of the day.”

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