Between the Gaps

The 1 million+ refugees who fled to Greece in 2015-2016 included some 3,600 unaccompanied minors.
 
Reception and identification centers—mostly ramshackle, overcrowded camps—strained to provide food, shelter and medical care. Few were prepared to address the emotional and psychological needs of the UAMs, who were mostly male.
 
UAMs cycled through the centers might be placed in housing but many struggled to attend school or find work. They remain vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers promising them jobs in other countries.
 
Experts critical of service gaps point to the development of guardianship programs like Metadrasi, which pairs UAMs with professionals who oversee legal and social rights.
 
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine

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