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Lost in migration II

From European priorities to local realities

Roadmap for children in migration

“The numbers of unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Europe over the last two years were staggering. Many of the boys and girls came with their personal story of violence, pain, and/or exploitation.

European institutions and EU member states have developed and codified standards and a wealth of guidance well before the emergency of 2015. However, we have not yet seen the protection benefits of developed standards and guidance getting through to the children. We therefore need to look how to concretely operationalize the developed standards.

In response to this, UNHCR, UNICEF, and IRC developed a Roadmap during which over 90 practitioners, such as teachers, guardians, psychologists, and lawyers, from all over Europe as well as several countries hosting the majority of unaccompanied and separated children in Europe were consulted to develop concrete suggestions on how systems can be made more protective and effective at the same time.

The recommendations cover best interest procedures, guardianship systems, community engagement and cultural mediators, children participation, and comprehensive solutions, among others. Now, the main aim is to develop pilot projects on most of the recommendations and thus start to move things forward in more practical terms.

Have a look at the outcome discussion paper which lists the concrete recommendations from the consultations and let us discuss some of them during the conference.”


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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

Epim - Never alone

This conference has been supported by the Fund ‘Never Alone – Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe’ of the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations (NEF). The sole responsibility for the conference lies with the organiser(s) and the content may not necessarily reflect the positions of EPIM, NEF or the Foundations contributing to the Fund.

Programme of the European Union

With financial support from the "Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020" Programme of the European Union