Council of Europe concerned about children refugees in Greece

TAGS: Migration

Europe's leading human rights body is calling on Greece to provide alternatives to detaining children under an agreement between the European Union and Turkey to limit migration.

Several hundred children remain detained at camps on the Greek islands since the agreement took effect in late March.

In a report published Wednesday, the Council of Europe urged Greek authorities to address the issue "urgently" and to follow up on reports that refugee children were involved in criminal activities, including prostitution and drug trafficking.

An envoy from the Strasbourg, France-based body visited refugee shelters at six sites around Greece in March.