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Read the latest news on child protection from around Europe. For news related to the recent refugee crisis in Europe please see our Thematic Page.

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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 Jul 2017
The International Business Times, refers to the findings of the newly published "Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected" report, produced by Human Rights Watch, which states that refugee adolescent youth are being categorized as adult refugees, and...
17 Mar 2017
  A detention centre for refugees on Lesvos in Greece. “Self-harm has become so common among refugee children in Greek detention centres, you can almost consider it a hobby.” It’s just one example of harrowing behaviour amongst child refugees...
01 Aug 2016
IRIN reports that sixteen-year-old Hamza, an Afghan refugee, can't shake the memory of another teenager's bloody, dying body on the ground metres from his tent. The victim, also an Afghan refugee aged 16, suffered severe stab wounds and head...
26 Jul 2016
Human Rights Watch reports on Italy's illegal forced returns of migrant children to Greece. The practice has been going on since 2013 and in October 2014 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that summary returns of migrants from Italy to Greece...
15 Jul 2016
The Greek Red Cross are said to have received €240,000 in order to fund schemes designed to support unaccompanied minors arriving as refugees. The money will be used for humanitarian purposes but in particular to fund the development of more...
17 May 2016
The EUObserver reports on the UN's rapporteur for migrant rights called on Greece to stop detaining children in jail cells. A fact finding mission has found that some children spend 2 weeks in jail cells, with the envoy saying that there was no...
16 Apr 2016
Relief Web reports that an estimated 2,000 unaccompanied children who travelled alone to Europe or lost their families along the way are now stranded in Greece following recent border closures, while only 477 shelter spaces are available for these...
26 Mar 2016
New China reports that among the most vulnerable refugees currently stranded in Greece are at least 1,900 unaccompanied minors who need urgent assistance from local and European authorities to have a chance to survive and move forward in life, a...
16 Mar 2016
The Lancet has published an article describing the "perfect storm" of Greece' economic recession and the sudden influx of migrants.  According to the UN Refugee Agency, roughly 860 000 refugees and migrants without travel documents have entered...

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