Two hundred emergency reception places for unaccompanied children to be created immediately

Two hundred new emergency reception places for unaccompanied children will be created in the context of the National Emergency Response Mechanism for Unaccompanied Minors in Greece, funded by the government of Denmark.

An agreement was signed by Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi and the head of the International Migration Organisation in Greece, Gianluca Rocco, in the presence of Deputy Migration Minister Sofia Voultepsi. The IMO will be responsible for immediately creating the new reception places throughout Greece.

These will replace the practice of holding unaccompanied minors in protective custody in police stations, which was abolished by law in December 2020.