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Former president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, criticises lack of solidarity within the Union in helping unaccompanied minors.
In an interview with Euronews, Juncker described a lack of solidarity from some member states when it comes to helping migrant children stuck in migrant camps in Greece. He noted that he proposed years ago that Poland, Czechia and Hungary should take in and house unaccompanied children on their territory.
Juncker also said that Greece "has done a lot," but that it was not enough - "we have to improve on the Greek side and the European side," Euronews quote Juncker as saying, "it is not acceptable ... that we are leaving these children without any kind of help. It is a scandal!"
According to Eurostat data, almost 20,000 unaccompanied minors requested asylum in the EU in 2018. The largest group came from Afghanistan (16%), Eritrea (10%), and Pakistan and Syria (both 7%).