The Greek Migration Minister, Yiannis Mouzalas, visited the refugee camp of Moria in Lesvos on Christmas Day, and vowed that the situation will improve by the end of January.
Mouzalas said authorities were making huge efforts to improve conditions, while accusing European officials of “hypocrisy” for failing to shoulder their share of the burden.
“We are making a huge effort to improve conditions. The current situation is of course not what we want, but we believe that we will succeed, and I believe that by the end of January the situation in Moria will tend to normalize.”
He stressed that this will depend on the migrant flow.
The Greek minister also said that “all vulnerable refugees that can be transported, will be moved to the mainland.”
Responding to criticism over the scenes of misery and squalor documented by foreign media at Moria last week, the leftist minister said: “Europe must put an end to its hypocrisy.”
“Here in Moria we have a problem with unaccompanied minor refugees. We have asked Europe to take a share of these children. It refuses to do so,” Mouzalas said.