Greece has begun relocating unaccompanied minors from overcrowded migrant camps in the state.
The first twelve small children, aged in between 11 and 15, have been moved to Luxembourg from camps on the islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios.
Greece options to relocate about 1,600 susceptible small children to other European nations that volunteer to host them, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
There are far more than five,000 unaccompanied youngsters in Greek camps.
Advocacy teams have argued that leaving susceptible minors in the camps heightens the risk of them contracting Covid-19.
The dozen children relocated, who had been of Syrian and Afghan descent, had a send out-off on Wednesday at Athens airport, where by a Greek migration minister gave them souvenirs.
They had been greeted by Luxembourg’s overseas minister at the other end.
Since of the coronavirus, the young children will require to invest their very first two weeks in Luxembourg in quarantine.
Greece’s deputy migration minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos mentioned that despite the fact that the amount of young children staying relocated was smaller, it despatched a message to other international locations to adhere to Luxembourg’s instance.
“Greece faces a disaster within a crisis – migration and the pandemic with each other,” he informed state broadcaster ERT. “The mix will make an by now complicated scenario even extra so, and a lot more complicated.”
He added that a next group of 50 would fly to Germany on Saturday, and 20 more would fly to Switzerland.
Before this 7 days Human Rights Look at had identified as on Greece to launch all unaccompanied minors in the country, stating that trying to keep them in “unhygienic police cells and detention centres” increased the risk of them catching the virus.
“Keeping youngsters locked up in filthy law enforcement cells was constantly mistaken, but now it also exposes them to the danger of Covid-19 an infection,” the advocacy group’s Greece researcher Eva Cosse claimed in a statement.
There are about 100,000 asylum seekers in Greece, most of whom are in camps, hotel rooms and flats. So far there have been two outbreaks in camps on the Greek mainland.
Camps on the Aegean islands suffer the worst overcrowding, with fewer than 6,100 locations for far more than 36,000 men and women.