US pledges $2.9 million for unaccompanied refugee children in Greece



The United States has pledged $2.9 million to Greece to improve the living conditions of unaccompanied refugee children and support the islands against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement was made following a meeting between Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Giorgos Koumoutsakos and US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

Pyatt said the assistance is “in support of their activities in Greece in recognition of the burdens that the Greek State is carrying on the migration issue, and also the exceptional challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and the need for all of us to work together.”

The aid will be offered through the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The ambassador commended the minister for the progress that has been made recently in resettlement, particularly for unaccompanied minors to other EU member-states, adding that the United States recognises that Greece “is carrying a burden on behalf of the wider international community and deserves all the support that we can manage.”

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