Un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors wrongly reg­is­tered as adults

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Hu­man Rights Watch (HRW) has crit­i­cized Greek au­thor­i­ties for mis­han­dling the reg­is­tra­tion and hous­ing of un­ac­com­pa­nied refugees un­der the age of 18 on Lesvos.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased on Wednesday by HRW, which spoke to 20 refugee chil­dren on the eastern Aegean is­land, un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors as young as 15 have been wrongly reg­is­tered as adults. HRW also found that of­fi­cials some­times ar­bi­trar­ily record chil­dren’s ages as older than what they them­selves pro­vide. Some chil­dren, more­over, have falsely claimed to be adults after be­ing told by smug­glers that it would lead to a bet­ter out­come.

“The misiden­ti­fi­ca­tion of un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­grant kids on Lesvos as adults leads to real prob­lems, in­clud­ing lump­ing them to­gether with un­re­lated adults and deny­ing them the care they need,” said HRW’s Eva Cosse.

Over 1,800 un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors ar­rived in Greece in the first five months of 2017.

the tax of­fice in Exarchia, cen­tral Athens, yes­ter­day after the fire ser­vice man­aged to put out a blaze that broke out in a base­ment stor­age area in the morn­ing. It took a team of 12 fire­fight­ers sev­eral hours to ex­tin­guish the flames. The fire ser­vice’s ini­tial as­sess­ment is that a short cir­cuit in the base­ment’s light­ing sys­tem may have cre­ated sparks, which set fire to archives.

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