Two rescued children upon their arrival at the port of Messina, Italy | Photo: Javier Martin /EPA
Two rescued children upon their arrival at the port of Messina, Italy | Photo: Javier Martin /EPA

Eurostat figures show that initial stay permits for family reunification reasons were issued to 276,200 unaccompanied minors from non-EU nations under age 15 in 2019.

Across the EU, in 2019 some 276,200 first stay permits for family reunification reasons were issued to unaccompanied minors from non-EU nations under the age of 15.

Of these unaccompanied minors, 60% were under age five.The EU member states that issued the most were Germany (61,500, equal to 22% of the total), followed by Spain (55,300 or 20%), Italy (41,300 or 15%), and Sweden (24,400 por 9%).

Belgium welcomed largest number of children under five

Five member states welcomed the largest number of children under age five: Belgium (70.6%), the Netherlands (70.3%), Italy (67.7%), Spain (67.4%), and Sweden (61.7%).

On the issue of unaccompanied minors under age 15, 35% of them were nationals of an Asian country, 25% of an African one, 23% European (but not EU member states), 9% from a country in South America or Central America, and 3% from one in North America.

The largest percentage were from Morocco (12% of the total), followed by Syria (7%) and India (6%).

 

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