Greek Justice Ministry official admits many young migrants are in limbo

Hundreds of underaged immigrants are either in police detention or unaccounted for as authorities were able to satisfy less than half the applications for hostel accommodation last year, the general secretary of the Justice Ministry responsible for human rights, Giorgos Sourlas, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday.

According to Sourlas, only “around 385” of some 822 underaged migrants who appealed for state accommodation last year ended up getting a place at a hostel.

The remainder of the children, some as young as 10, ended up in police detention cells “as there is nowhere else to put them up” or their fate remained unknown, according to Sourlas, who said there were fears that some of the children fell victim to criminal rackets including prostitution rings.