On 07 and 08 July 2020, 49 unaccompanied minors were relocated from Greece to Portugal and Finland as part of a scheme organised by the Commission and the Greek Special Secretary for Unaccompanied Minors, in partnership with UN agencies and the European Asylum Support Office.
On 04 September 2020, Austrian Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Roman Haider of the Identity and Democracy Group posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission. MEP Haider asked three pointed questions. The first being “how old are the 49 unaccompanied minors who were relocated?”, which he followed with “have Portugal or Finland requested the available funding for participating in the programme in connection with these 49 relocated persons, amounting to EUR 6000 per relocated person?”
Finally, MEP Haider enquired “is there any provision for family reunification within the above-mentioned countries for these 49 relocated minors?”
On 24 November, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson responded on behalf of the European Commission. In her answer, she stated that “the age of the 49 unaccompanied minors who were relocated from Greece to Portugal and Finland, on 07 and 08 July 2020 respectively, ranged from 10 to 17 years old”.
Commissioner Johansson explained that “Finland has requested and received an Emergency Assistance grant under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund consisting of lump sums of EUR 6 000 per person to relocate 175 asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied minors” and “the relocations to Portugal were supported via lump sums of EUR 6 000 per relocated person under the National Programme of Portugal”.
In closing, Commissioner Johansson reported that “unaccompanied minors who have a family member, sibling or relative legally residing in a Member State, and who can be taken charge of by that Member State in line with the Dublin Regulation, are not covered by this voluntary relocation scheme” and “if the request to take charge of the minor under the Dublin Regulation has been rejected, they become eligible for the voluntary relocation scheme”.
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