Over 2,600 Unaccompanied Refugee Children Claimed Asylum in Greece in 2018

Refugee children attend school in Greece (file photo)

More than 2,600 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in Greece in 2018, according to Eurostat figures released on Holy Friday.

This figure is slightly higher than in 2017 (2,455) and is the third highest in the EU, after Germany and Italy.

In all EU countries in 2018, asylum applications were filed by 19,740 unaccompanied minors. The figure is reduced by at least one-third compared to 2017 (31,395) and even lower than 2014 levels (23,100). Unaccompanied minors accounted for 10.3 percent of all asylum seekers under the age of 18.

The majority of unaccompanied minors were boys (86 percent), while three-quarters of them were aged 16-17 (14,800), 17 percent aged 14-15, and 7 percent under 14 years of age.