Five hundred unaccompanied children will be relocated to Portugal from Greece. The first group of 25 minors will travel to Portugal in the first fortnight of June, followed by the gradual relocation of the rest of the children.

This decision was confirmed in a telephone conversation between the Deputy Minister of Immigration and Asylum, George Koumoutsakos, and the Minister of the Interior of Portugal, Eduardo Cabrita.

This initiative is part of a program to relocate unaccompanied minor refugees, supported by the European Commission and in particular by Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

The program envisages the transfer of 1,600 unaccompanied children from Greece to other European countries and has so far attracted the interest of more than ten Member States.