Child refugees in Greece in 2003

Halt on Child Deportations to Greece

The Swedish immigration authorities have stopped deporting unaccompanied children refugees to Greece.

The decision comes because in some cases on their arrival in Athens the children have been jailed for as long as three weeks. Both the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Amnesty International have called on EU countries to refrain from deporting children to Greece because it is uncertain if they can receive fair treatment there for asylum applications.

Around 20 unaccompanied children refugees arrive in Sweden every year via Greece. Under the Dublin Convention, an application has to processed in the country where an asylum-seeker first enters the EU.

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