80% rise in unaccompanied minors arriving in Ireland

There has been an 80% increase over a three-year period in the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Ireland and being referred to the child and family agency Tusla.

The most common countries of origin were Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria and Ethiopia. 30% of the lone children were female and more than half were aged 16 and 17.

Last year, 22 unaccompanied minors arrived from camps in Greece while 41 came from unofficial settlements near Calais port.

In 2017 22 unaccompanied minors arrived from camps in Greece while 41 came from unofficial camps near Calais

-Noah Harte