An unaccompanied minor is defined as a person under 18 years of age who arrives on the territory of an EU Member State without adult supervision, or a minor who is left alone after entering the territory of a Member State. In 2022, 16 % of all applicants under the age of 18 were unaccompanied; and a majority of these were male (93.1 %). Over 60 % of the unaccompanied minors requested asylum in three Member States (Austria, Germany and the Netherlands).
Unaccompanied minors – Breakdown by age group
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