Around 2,500 vulnerable migrant children are waiting to be taken to shelters on the Greek mainland, but there are not enough places

There are an estimated 18,500 migrant children in Greek refugee camps,more than 2,500 of whom are unaccompanied. The country is facing a tremendous challenge to support them; there is no specific legal framework or adequate public support after years of austerity. Insufficient funding means there are only 1,130 places in shelters on the mainland while 1,650 children wait in camps, reception centres, safe zones and detention – or are reported to be homeless.

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