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Story Publication logo December 11, 2018

A Place to Belong: The Worlds of Unaccompanied Minors in Greece

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Image courtesy of Divya Mishra. Greece, 2018.
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Since January 2016, there have been more than 3,000 unaccompanied minors in Greece every month...

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In order to survive in their host country, unaccompanied minors in Greece move through a myriad of formal and informal institutions and spaces, each with different norms, cultures, and languages. These youth congregate in immigrant neighborhoods where they seek support from other migrants of similar ethnolinguistic backgrounds. Barred from working legally and with no access to the cash assistance adult refugees receive, many unaccompanied minors risk exploitation and violence in the sex trade and agriculture. They also turn to humanitarian organizations that support unaccompanied refugee children. At the mercy of organizations that struggle to secure them housing, these youth may find themselves in isolated camps far from urban centers, or they risk becoming homeless.

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