Germany announces resumption of refugee resettlement after coronavirus pause

BERLIN – Germany plans to resume receiving refugees rescued from the Mediterranean after a pause in resettlement due to the novel coronavirus, said German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

According to ARTA FM, Seehofer explained that the situation is calm at the moment and that Berlin will again receive refugees, however he did not say how many Germany intends to take in, noting that talks are still underway with European partners.

Following appeals from the Malta Government, which is caring for hundreds of migrants, the European Commission announced on Monday that a number of EU member states would accept a new migrants who have arrived in Malta and Italy after spending weeks stranded in quarantine vessels in the Mediterranean.

Portugal, France, and Luxembourg are set to resume resettlement alongside Germany.