The European Commission has provided €24.1 million in emergency assistance to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support Greece in responding to migratory challenges.

The IOM will receive the funding to help ensure the education and well-being of migrant children, including on the Greek islands. The emergency assistance was granted through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

Importantly, the funding will be used to support and provide accommodations, food, medical and psychological services and other services like interpretation for up to 1,200 unaccompanied minors on both the islands and the mainland. It will also improve access to education through school kits and transportation.

Greece has been criticised for failing to provide education for asylum-seeking children on the Aegean Islands. While the government has made efforts to move refugee children into the school system, a significant gap in access remains for children on the islands.

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See the detailed factsheet on EU financial support to Greece




December 3, 2018