Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Luxembourg has responded to calls for 11 children who held in refugee camps on the Greek islands of Chios and Lesbos to be sent to European Union member states and announced they will accept them next week.
This is the first step towards resettlement of refugee children.
Greek Ministry of Migration Secretary General Manos Logothetis, "Boys and girls, all under the age of 12, will be flown by plane next Wednesday. This is a very critical first step, the beginning of a process that we hope will be an example." said in a statement.
Drawing attention to the overcrowding and poor conditions of refugee camps in Greece, the European Commission called for the distribution of 1,600 refugee children under the age of 14 or struggling with severe illnesses to member states at the beginning of March.
France, Portugal, Finland, Lithuania, Croatia and Ireland responded positively, while Germany announced that they would bring about 500 refugee children into the country next week.
According to UNICEF's February data, there are 5,463 unaccompanied refugee children in camps in Greece.