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Financial support from Denmark to Greece for unaccompanied minors

Αssociated Press

Refugees and migrants wearing masks arrive at the port of Piraeus , near Athens, on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS -- Denmark will offer about three million euros to Greece to support unaccompanied refugee minors, following an agreement signed by Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum George Koumoutsakos and Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Prehn, according to a statement.

According to the text of the agreement, "the decision to make the contribution comes after the pressure at the Greek-Turkish border, following Ankara's announcement on February 29 that Turkey's borders with Europe are open and the recognition of the difficult humanitarian situation that refugees and migrants face, including some 5,500 unaccompanied children in Greece."

The offered amount is to be spent on setting up accommodation facilities for unaccompanied minors, each with a capacity to house 20-40 children, between June 1, 2020 and November 30, 2021. According to the plan, which will be implemented in two phases, facilities for up to 4,000 unaccompanied children will be created.

The plan also includes the education, training and programmes for the integration of the minors in Greek society, depending on the age of the children.