Young refugees and migrants living in two camps in the Greek capital were met by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and other Greek officials.
“Until the war is over and you can go back home with safety; something that we must all work for together, your country is Greece and your family is Greek society,” Pavlopoulos said.
“Let us hope and work to reunite the families and to bring peace, development, safety and stability so that families can return where they wish to live,” Speaker of Parliament Nikos Voutsis added.
An overwhelming majority of Greeks have shown solidarity and hospitality to the over one million people who have landed in Greece since 2015 seeking refuge from war zones and poverty, he stressed.
More than 60,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece since the closure of the Balkan route to central Europe in the winter of 2016. Among them are about 3,000 unaccompanied children.