December 11, 2008

Left to Survive

Systematic Failure to Protect Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Greece

Map of Greece
Summary and Key Recommendations
Key Recommendations
Methodology and Scope
I. Unaccompanied Child Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Greece
Flight from Poverty, Persecution, Exploitation and Discrimination
Greek Law and the Protection System for Unaccompanied Children
II. First Contact with the Authorities
Assessing Age
Guardianship
Assessing Vulnerability
III. Violence against Children by State Agents
Ill-Treatment by Port Police Officers in Patras
Other Cases of Abuse by State Agents
IV. Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum..
Asylum Procedures for Unaccompanied Children
V. Detention of Unaccompanied Children
Duration of Detention
VI. The Duty of Care
Care Arrangements
VII. Exploitation of Children
Child Labor
Trafficking
VIII. Returns and Deportations
IX. Recommendations104
To the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity104
To the Ministry of Justice and Public Prosecutors104
To the Ministry of Interior105
To the Ministry of Labor107
To the Government as a Whole107
To the European Commission108
To the Council of the European Union109
To the European Parliament109
To European Union Member States109
To the Council of Europe110
To the United Nations110
Acknowledgements111