Urgent action is needed to help at least 23,000 unaccompanied child refugees stranded in squalid and unsafe Greek and Italian refugee camps, an official EU audit has warned.
Camp life in Greek and Italian “hotspots” – holding centers set up at migrant arrival points – is plagued by a lack of security safeguards, water, decent food, blankets and medical facilities, the new study says.
Claude Moraes, the chair of the European parliament’s justice and home affairs committee, described the report as “an alarm bell being rung” about the failures of EU states.
“The amount of child abuse, rape, and smuggling that is going on is horrific,” he said. “If the EU is to have any sort of value it has to care for unaccompanied minors when they arrive in Europe.”
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