Unaccompanied children outside the child protection system – Case study: Pakistani children in Greece

This report sheds light on the realities faced by unaccompanied migrant children who are not in the care of child protection systems in the EU. Presented as a case study, it tells the story of children and young adults from Pakistan who travelled alone to the EU without their parents or other adults.

The report describes how the children experienced their journey to Europe, their arrival and their stay in Greece. The findings are based on desk research and extensive fieldwork carried out in 2019.

While the report focuses on unaccompanied children from Pakistan, the child protection challenges identified are not unique to this group. The insights presented are thus relevant for all unaccompanied children coming to and living in the EU, and especially so for adolescent boys not granted international protection.