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Finland to take 130 refugees, mostly children, from Greece

Athens: Greece’s Migration Ministry says Finland has agreed to take in 100 unaccompanied refugee children and 30 adults, expanding the number of European countries which have begun taking in young asylum-seekers from Greece.

The children, and the adults who will be reunited with family members already in Finland, will be relocated by the end of May, the ministry said, adding this was “a decision of practical solidarity” by the Nordic country.

Unaccompanied children from overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek islands are transferred to Germany last month.

Unaccompanied children from overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek islands are transferred to Germany last month. Credit:Getty Images

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, are living in squalid conditions in overcrowded camps on several Greek islands after arriving from the Middle East, Asia and Africa via the nearby Turkish coast. Many more are housed in camps, apartments and other shelters across the mainland.

The ministry said the agreement came in a call between Deputy Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos and senior Finnish Interior Ministry official Olli-Poika Parviainen.

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