A group of unaccompanied child migrants will be transported from Greece to Luxembourg via the International Organization for Migration later this month. Pictured: An Afghan asylum seeker and her daughter cross a trash-filled gully at an improvised camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, November 2019. Photo credit: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis
Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister said that 12 unaccompanied minor refugees will be transferred from Greek camps to the grand duchy next week.
Jean Asselborn (LSAP) agreed to the relocation during a teleconference with Greece’s secretary of state for migration and asylum policy, Georges Koumoutsakos, on Tuesday.
Luxembourg’s foreign ministry said the 12 unaccompanied minor refugees are currently housed at camps on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios.
Germany will accept 50 unaccompanied minors from those sites, the Associated Press reported on 7 April. There are roughly 5,500 unaccompanied minors on the Greek islands. “Around 10% of them are under 14-years-old, according to police agency Europol,” the AP stated.
The relocation of refugees within the EU has been hampered by the covid-19 crisis.