This Tuesday, Portugal welcomed eight unaccompanied children and young people from Greece – Observer
This Tuesday, Portugal welcomed a group of eight unaccompanied children and young people, Afghans, Pakistanis and Syrians, from refugee government camps in Greece, which will be installed in Sintra, Castelo Branco, Lisbon and Fundão, said the.
In a joint statement from the ministers of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, and Work, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, the Government Refers that minors sheltered under the Voluntary Relocation Program are included in a total of 152 unaccompanied children and young people already hosted in the country.
“According to data from Brussels, this October, Portugal is the 3rd Member State that has hosted the most unaccompanied minors, after France and Germany”, states the joint statement that people a “continuous effort” the State, local authorities and public and private entities in reception and integration, which “has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), by the European Union (EU) and by the Council of Europe”.
The statement recalls that under the UNHCR Resettlement Programme, Portugal has already hosted 848 people from Egypt and Turkey, of different nationalities.
to country 244 rescued people have also arrived in the Mediterranean in the last years.
“Portugal was the 6th European country that received more refugees under the EU Relocation Program, receiving 1,550 refugees from Greece (1,190) and Italy (360) between December 2015 and April 2018 – who were hosted by 97 municipalities”, reference to the executive’s note.
The document also refers that “under the bilateral agreement between Portugal and Greece, 57 beneficiaries / applicants for international protection have already arrived in the country”, as well as 142 asylum seekers under the agreement between the EU and Turkey, between June 2016 and December 2017.