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UN agencies welcome first relocation of unaccompanied children from Greece

unhcr logo enWe have been partners of the UNHCR since 2007 and, even though ISGF currently does not have a specific activity, there is nothing not normal in giving news, even more when it is happy.
Martine Lévy, liaison agent for ISGF with UNHCR

In early April 2020, more than 5,200 unaccompanied and separated children in Greece were in urgent need of durable solutions, including accelerated registration, family reunification and relocation. Among them, more than 1,600 are exposed to severe risks, including exploitation and violence, and face precarious living conditions in overcrowded reception and identification centres in the Aegean islands. The support of the EU and the Member States is crucial to ensure their immediate protection in Greece, as well as their longer-term health and well-being, in particular through relocation.

On April 15, 2020, twelve (12) unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been relocated from Greece to Luxembourg. These children, who had been living for several months in overcrowded reception and identification centers on the islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, arrived safely in Luxembourg. Today's relocation for 1 girl and 11 boys, including two Syrians and 10 Afghans aged 11 to 15, was led by the governments of Greece and Luxembourg, with support from the European Commission, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “Twelve children today envision a better future in a new country”, said Philippe Leclerc, UNHCR representative in Greece.
Another group of unaccompanied children is expected to arrive in Germany this weekend from Greece as part of this relocation initiative. These are the very first relocations as part of a European Union initiative for 1600 unaccompanied children, in which ten (10) Member States have committed to participate.