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14 Oct 2019
More than 1,600 unaccompanied children are staying in government-run reception facilities across Greece’s Aegean Islands. The Moria reception center is one such facility where nearly 1,000 children without parents or relatives, most of them teens,...
02 Oct 2019
Safe Passage urges the UK government to urgently evacuate unaccompanied children in danger on Greek islands and safely reunited with their families in the UK. A no-deal Brexit may block the route to a family reunion. Safe Passage (UK based charity...
01 Oct 2019
There were 4,501 unaccompanied children in Greece at the end of September and the numbers are rising, which give a big challenge to the country’s child protection mechanisms. The Labor and Social Affairs Ministry tries to improve the circumstances...
29 Apr 2019
The National Herald reports that the number of unaccompanied minors (UAM) seeking asylum in Greece has increased in 2018, at the same time warning about the complaints from the activists in Greece that those minors are being 'routinely locked up in...
20 Mar 2019
On the third anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, 25 humanitarian, human rights and volunteer organisations are calling on EU leaders to take immediate action to end the unfair and unnecessary containment policy which is preventing asylum seekers...
22 Feb 2019
Greece is struggling to manage what is threatening to become a ‘humanitarian disaster’ on Samos – an island which gained the nickname ‘new Lesbos’ for the inhumane conditions in which refugees and migrants have been placed as they await the...
20 Feb 2019
Education is a human right and according to the Greek Council for Refugees “the children of asylum seekers and children seeking international protection have access to the education system under similar conditions to Greek nationals." However,...
15 Feb 2019
The Pulitzer Center articles paints a unique picture about the challenges unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece face, explaining how the system in place fails them and what can be done to improve the situation. The article tells a story about 16-...
14 Feb 2019
UNHCR together with the funding from the EU has been running KEDU, an informal school on Kos, Greece for children refugees living there. Xenia Passa, a protection officer with UNHCR explained “it is important for refugee children to find normalcy in...
23 Jan 2019
Children forced to live in overcrowded refugee camps on Greek islands such as Lesvos are being left to battle a mental health crisis alone. New research from Refugee Rights Europe is shedding light on their plight, writes Helena Eynon, a...

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