A group of 25 unaccompanied children will be relocated to Finland next month from refugee camps in Greece, the first of around 175 children the government agreed to take earlier this year from Mediterranean countries, but whose arrival has been delayed by the coronavirus epidemic.
Around 100 children in total will be brought to Finland from Greek refugee camps, mostly unaccompanied minors but single parents with children could also be relocated. Later, other children will come from refugee camps in Cyprus and Malta and all new arrivals will have health checks, including coronavirus tests, and an interview to assess their needs as vulnerable asylum seekers.
“Greece, the European Commission and the European Asylum Support Office are working hard to get all unaccompanied minors moved from the Greek islands to the mainland and to prepare the children for relocation as soon as possible” says Monna Airiainen from the Finnish Immigration Service Migri.
Why are the children coming to Finland?
The Government decided in February to accept 175 asylum seekers who are currently stuck in refugee camps in Mediterranean countries.
The main criteria is that the children must