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The Latest: Germany seeks Muslim help for migrants

  • Migrants watch a large fire as it burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire has swept through a big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)

    Migrants watch a large fire as it burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire has swept through a big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police stand guard as a large fire burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire swept through the big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)

    Riot police stand guard as a large fire burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire swept through the big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants hold their belonging as a large fire burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire swept through the big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)

    Migrants hold their belonging as a large fire burns inside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, late Monday, Sept. 19. 2016. Greek police say a large fire swept through the big camp for refugees and other migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, forcing its evacuation. None of the more than 4,000 people in the Moria camp was reported injured in Monday's blaze, which damaged tents and prefabricated housing units. (AP Photo/Michael Schwarz)  (The Associated Press)

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.