The Latest: Germany seeks Muslim help for migrants

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Posted: Sep 20, 2016 5:54 AM
The Latest: Germany seeks Muslim help for migrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of refugees and migrants (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Germany's top security official has called on Islamic groups in the country to help integrate hundreds of thousands of newly arrived Muslim migrants.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says mosques and Muslim associations have a responsibility to contribute to Germany's effort to teach migrants the language and abide by the country's laws and customs.

De Maiziere said Tuesday that failure to do so "will be much harder for Islam to be accepted in Germany."

Many of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in Germany since the start of 2015 came seeking refuge from conflicts in Muslim-majority nations such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

De Maiziere acknowledged that Germany has been tested by the influx but insisted that it had done well "by international comparison."

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12:50 p.m.

Authorities of the island of Lesbos are calling for the immediate evacuation of thousands of refugees to the Greek mainland after a fire gutted a detention camp following protests.

Regional governor Christiana Kalogirou said Tuesday she had repeatedly warned the government that camps on the east Aegean Sea islands were dangerously overcrowded.

More than 4,000 people were housed at the camp at Moria on Lesbos where fire which broke out Monday destroyed or damaged tents and trailers. There were no reports of any migrants being injured.

The government is expected to charter a passenger ferry to provide temporary accommodation while the camp is repaired.