The country’s decision comes after a large fire destroyed a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Seibert’s statement said 1,553 people from 408 families who had already been granted refugee status would be accepted.
In addition, the German government is “committed to a further European solution with other welcoming member states,” he said.
In the context of such a European decision, Germany will also participate “to make additional efforts in line with the size of our country,” the statement said.
Last week, a massive fire destroyed Moria, Europe’s largest refugee camp, leaving 13,000 people homeless on Lesbos. Germany said after the fire it would take 1
Five people were arrested in the fire on Tuesday, and one person is still wanted. The three adults and two minors are Afghan nationals, Greek police told CNN.
Moria was under blockade due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described the situation as a “humanitarian catastrophe”.
“What is happening in Moria is a humanitarian catastrophe,” Maas wrote on 9 September.
“As soon as possible, we need to clarify with the EU Commission and other EU countries that want to help, how we can support Greece. This includes the distribution of refugees among those in the EU who want to accept them.”
Germany is working with France to help migrants from Moria, and French President Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes European countries will unite to resolve the crisis.
“We are coordinating to propose a proposal, Germany and France, and we are trying to involve as many European countries as possible in order to welcome refugees, especially minors, depending on the demands of the Greek government,” he said on September 10th.
Thousands of migrants and refugees have been stranded in Moria and left homeless after the fire. Greece is building a new camp, but many former Moria residents do not want to return to camp.
Human rights groups and NGOs have warned that migrants live in unsafe conditions without sanitation.
“European leaders must act quickly to get people stuck in Lesbos to safety,” Belkis Will, a senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a statement on Wednesday.
HRW also warned that vulnerable women were left alone on the streets of Lesbos “without clear provisions for their protection”.