Without papers, there’s no life: Legal barriers in access to protection for unaccompanied children in Greece

The new report Without papers, there’s no life: Legal barriers in access to protection for unaccompanied children in Greece ,  is based on the joint work of the Greek Council for Refugees with Save the Children International. 

 The new report, based on in-depth interviews with 12 unaccompanied children and an overview of the Greek asylum system details how: 

  • most unaccompanied children in Greece rely on the asylum system to regularize their stay, although this procedure is unfit for children and most of them are rejected
  • this situation adds to their vulnerability, as they live in fear and distress and are, thus, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse

and advocates for:

  •   the adoption of a special residence permit for all unaccompanied children, just because they are children, lone and on the move, as almost half of the EU Member States have already done and the
  • amendment of the existing procedure to grant humanitarian residence permit to unaccompanied children, adapted to the reality of lone children on the move
  • age-appropriate free legal aid and application in practice of a guardianship system would help reduce the risks to unaccompanied children
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