Becoming Men: Unaccompanied Minors Transition out of Child Protection Programs in Greece

Since January 2016, there have been more than 3,000 unaccompanied minors in Greece every month. Without families to protect them, they are one of the most vulnerable groups of refugees entering Europe as they are subject to exploitation and abuse. As a result, humanitarian organizations provide various types of accommodations and services to protect minors from the hardships that adult refugees endure.

However, more than 90 percent of unaccompanied minors are boys in their later teenage years, who will soon be classified as adult males. These boys transition from being one of the highest priorities for humanitarian aid to being the lowest priority.

This project takes a deeper look at how the experiences of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece prepare them for adulthood, or put them at certain risks as young single men. The stories, based on interviews with 42 former unaccompanied minors and organizations, highlight themes that are common across the experiences of many unaccompanied minors.