"Prime minister António Costa’s willingness to take as many as 10,000 refugees - instead of the 4500 established by EU quotas - is being demonstrated today as the European Council holds its emergency summit in Brussels on what is universally recognised as the 'worst refugee crisis since World War II'.
Hours before the summit got underway, 64 ‘mainly Syrians and
Iraqis’ touched down at Lisbon’s military airbase (Figo Maduro)
to be received by dignitaries before going on to various destinations
around the country.
A number - particularly children - were so frail and ill from
gruelling months of uncertainty and inhospitable conditions in Greece
that they had to be immediately transported to hospital, writes
Talking to journalists, Costa’s deputy Eduardo Cabrita said the
latest 64 which have followed 65 Eritreans who have arrived since
December are “mainly Iraqis and Syrians”, with women, children
and families making up most of the numbers, plus a few single people.
Next week, more will start arriving on commercial flights, he
For now, Portugal’s new arrivals will be given accommodation in
15 locations organised by social solidarity, church and refugee
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