Being an unaccompanied minor (UAM) for most of the history of migration in Greece has been usually in practice a disadvantage. Minors had to experience long and repeated detention periods as there was a lack of sufficient open appropriate shelters.
With no proper system of identification and registration of unaccompanied minors in place, still many remain unrecognized and unprotected in the hotspots and emergency reception sites. They still may be detained, readmitted or deported if not identified.
The absence of an efficient system of care and guardianship for unaccompanied minors is a chronic issue.
RSA monitors and points out to the authorities cases of minors that are in need of immediate assistance and protection. Furthermore it advocates for a modern and effective policy on the protection of unaccompanied minors.