ATHENS – Human rights activists are urging the government of Greece to release 276 unaccompanied migrant children from police detention cells. Human Rights Watch is leading the appeal, saying the children’s continued detention is a breach of both local and international laws. But news of their ordeal has not stopped more migrants from making their way to the country from Turkey. But news of their ordeal has not stopped more migrants from making their way to the country from Turkey. The activist tells VOA such conditions make the migrant children so much more vulnerable. The United Nations’ refugee agency has voiced similar concerns, especially as refugee flows surged by nearly 300 percent last year, reaching 60,000 — twice the number of those who managed to sneak into Greece in 2018. Both countries have also closed their borders to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more difficult for smugglers to sneak into Greece, an EU-member state. Greek migration officials contacted by VOA in Athens were not available for comment.
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