[Greece] Number of Refugee, Migrant Minors in Greece Seeking Asylum Jumps

29 Apr 2019
Source: 
The National Herald - TNH

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 jails'.

According to the Eurostat data, 19.700 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the EU were identified, mainly boys (86%) age 16-17. According to the data 2.640 UAM applied for asylum in Greece last year, mainly boys from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Syria, most of whom was 14 or older. This is an increase compared to 2017 when 2.455 UAM sought asylum in this country.

The European Court of Human Rights warned that detaining children represents a serious abuse of their rights,and Human Rights Watch in their statement underlined that detention can be harmful to children, resulting in numerous negative consequences for them "including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory loss, and harm to their development". HRW also stressed current practice to place children in unsanitary conditions with the people they don`t know leaves them vulnerable to abuse and ill-treatment by the police.

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