This is a video from the BBC discussing the ongoing issue of migrant-management in countries that are popular entrypoints to Europe, such as Greece and Italy. This discussion was prompted by the occurrence of a fire on the Greek island Lesbos that has forced the local police to relocate many migrants to a new location.
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- Why did some of the people refuse to go to a new camp?
They feared living conditions in the new location would be as bad as or worse than at Moria, which was notoriously unsafe. They also worried they would be left waiting for months to have their requests for asylum processed, before they could be transferred to the Greek mainland or another European country.
- How many people were affected by the fire?
More than 12,000 people, including entire families with elderly and newborns, were left homeless.
- Where did some of the people go to look for shelter?
Thousands of people have been sleeping under tarpaulins or tents at roadsides and in the car parks of closed supermarkets since the blaze.
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