Systematic Failure to Protect Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Greece
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.
- Left to Survive
- Map of Greece
- Summary and Key Recommendations
- I. Unaccompanied Child Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Greece
- II. First Contact with the Authorities
- III. Violence against Children by State Agents
- IV. Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum
- V. Detention of Unaccompanied Children
- VI. The Duty of Care
- VII. Exploitation of Children
- VIII. Returns and Deportations
- IX. Recommendations