Around 16 unaccompanied minor and 34 adult migrants from overcrowded camps in Greece left Athens for the UK on a family reunification flight on Monday.
The refugees were seen embarking in the presence of officials from both countries.
«[We] have noticed the happiness on the faces of these people [the refugees]. Even if we could only see their eyes [referring to women wearing burqa], because they... Еще travel to reunify with their families,» said Deputy Asylum and Immigration Minister George Koumoutsakos.
UK Ambassador Kate Smith expressed her happiness «to see the first results of the action plan we signed two weeks ago,» and ensured that her government «would like to continue the cooperation with the Greek Government, in the context of the Dublin agreement,» to «continue the families re- unification and relocation program of children who have families in UK.»
Cooperative efforts between the Greek and UK governments have allowed the flight to take place, despite the general suspension of family reunification procedures and the closure of borders due to the outbreak of COVID-19.