Urgent child protection gap for unaccompanied minors
Zahra is a 10-year-old girl from Syria who arrived in Greece alone. She suffers from chronic nephropathy. Although she is currently living in a shelter for unaccompanied minors, her official registration by the Asylum Service is still pending.
Following the recent revocation of social security numbers (AMKA) for asylum seekers in Greece, Zahra has no access to vaccinations and medical and pharmaceutical care. As a result, she cannot present a personal health record and attend school.
There are currently another 4,200 children like Zahra in Greece. Arrivals of unaccompanied minors have peaked during the summer, while lone refugee children outside official protection have reached the highest number since the beginning of 2016.
There are only 1,169 available spots in long-term accommodation structures and 3,041 unaccompanied minors are in detention, camps and "safe...