The first unaccompanied children flew from Athens to Luxembourg and Germany in mid-April | Photo: Reuters
The first unaccompanied children flew from Athens to Luxembourg and Germany in mid-April | Photo: Reuters

Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has announced that the 47 unaccompanied children flown from the Greek islands to Germany in mid-April will leave quarantine soon. They will then be sent to several German states.

The 14-day quarantine period for the 47 unaccompanied children flown from the Greek islands to Germany on April 18 is nearly over. In a few days, the children will be sent to several German states, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday.

A statement from the interior ministry said that 18 of the 47 children would join relatives in six German states. Four children will be headed for Baden-Württemberg, six to Hessen, and two each to North Rhine Westphalia, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein and Saxony Anhalt.

The other 29, who don't have any relatives in Germany, will be sent to Lower Saxony, Berlin and Hamburg. 13 remain in Lower Saxony and eight each to the city-states of Berlin and Hamburg.

Between 8 and 17 years old

Among the 47 children are four girls. The children's ages range from eight to 17 years old. Germany has said that this group of 47 are just the first in a process in which they hope to be able to offer a home to between 350 and 500 children in total.

The interior ministry statement noted that both Germany's Protestant and Catholic churches had signaled their readiness to support the children in the future as they adapt to daily life in Germany.

Quarantine ends May 1

The quarantine measures will end on May 1, which is a public holiday in Germany. It is expected that the children will be taken to their new homes soon after.

So far, ten EU states have agreed to fly a total of 1,600 children from the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands to their respective countries. Luxembourg began the process with 12 children, while Germany followed with a first flight of 47 a few days later. Portugal and Finland have also announced they expect to start flights in May.

According to the news agency KNA, the group of 47 who flew to Germany include children from Afghanistan, Syria and Eritrea.

 

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