According to the latest official data, Greece is hosting 4,779 unaccompanied minors, but just over 1,200 are in secure structures. The data also shows that the number of unaccompanied minors has surged in recent months, reaching its highest point since the start of the refugee crisis in 2015.
Meanwhile, the number of daily arrivals of refugees and migrants from Turkey – an average of 500 – is the second highest since the 2015 crisis. At the same time, more than 35,000 asylum seekers remain on the islands.
Despite repeated announcements by authorities since the beginning of the crisis that new shelters for minors would be created, none have materialized. Instead, the number declined under the previous administration.
Trying to deal with a refugee and migrant crisis with several fronts, Greece’s new New Democracy government now said will provide more secure shelters for minors without parents or guardians and better housing over the next few months.