OBESSU joins a call on the governments of European Union (EU) Member States to immediately commit to the emergency relocation of unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to other European countries, giving precedence to existing family links and the best interests of the child. Action is all the more urgent in light of the escalating violence on Lesbosi and as increased.
Over 1,800 unaccompanied children live in the EU hotspots – Reception and Identification Centers - on the Greek islands. Children are deprived of access to their most basic rights such as shelter, water, food, medical and psychological care as well as education. If each EU Member State relocated just 70 unaccompanied children, these children would no longer be homeless and living in inhumane conditions on the Greek islands.
Read the full call here.