Monday, December 22, 2008

Systematic Failure to Protect Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Greece

Left to Survive

Some 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children who have entered Greece in 2008 without parents or caregivers struggle to survive without any state assistance, Human Rights Watch said in a new report issued today. Although a member of the European Union, Greece flouts its most basic obligations when it comes to meeting the rights of these children, many of whom come from war-torn countries, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq, with special protection needs.

This 111-page report documents the plight of the majority of unaccompanied children who have entered Greece and end up in a daily fight for survival.

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