The police discovered a dozen Afghan and Pakistani unaccompanied minors in Dunajská Streda (Trnava Region) in Slovakia.
“The patrol called to the site found 11 children who had travelled in a wagon,” Police Corps spokesperson Denisa Bárdyová told the TASR newswire.
When a train stopped, minors managed to leave the wagon, she added.
Children travelled through three countries, starting in the city of Subotica, Serbia, and crossing Hungary, in harsh conditions. The police later handed children over to social workers.
The group of 11 children will have to undergo entry interviews and decide if they will apply for asylum in Slovakia. Not Slovakia, but rather Germany and Italy are final destinations for refugee children, said Vladislav Fejo, head of the centre where minors are placed.
Four Other Children In The Centre
The recent case is not the first of its kind in Slovakia, though. Another four teenagers, two from Vietnam and two from Afghanistan, are also living in the Medzilaborce centre.
“All three boys are asylum seekers, the girl has not decided yet,” Fejo said, as quoted by Korzár.
An Afghan boy has begun attending the first year of secondary school and is likely to stay in Slovakia, he added.