Lost in migration

Working together in protecting children from disappearance

Programme

Thursday 26 January

> Buses will leave from Corinthia Hotel to Verdala Palace at 8.00

Morning sessions (08.30 – 12.30) – Verdala Palace


> Registration (08.30 – 09.10)

> Welcome (09.15 – 09.30)

> Ruth Farrugia, Director General of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society

> Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe

> Opening remarks (09.30 – 09.50) 

> HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

> Maud de Boer Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe

 

> Testimonials of children in migration (09.50 – 11.00)

Moderators: Elaine Micallef, psychotherapist 

> Live and video testimonials by adults on their experiences as unaccompanied children in Malta 


> Coffee break (11.00 – 11.30)

> Panel discussion (11.30 – 13.00)

Moderators: Federica Toscano, Focal Point Children in Migration, Missing Children Europe and Nicholas Millet, Coordinator, Be Aware and Share

> Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children 

> Rob Wainwright, Director Europol

> Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Deputy Director General, DG Justice

> Afshan Khan, incoming UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe*

Moderators: Hanne Beirens, Migration Policy Institute, and Gulwali Passarlay, Author, The Lightless Sky 

> Vincent Cochetel, Director of the Bureau for Europe, UNHCR

> Ambassador Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of IOM

> Hilde Vautmans, MEP 

 

> Standing lunch (13.00 – 14.00)

 Afternoon sessions (14.00 -17.00)  

 

> Living Library

THEME 1: “Arrival: identification and reception conditions”

Three discussions led by: Faros (Greece), Praksis (Greece) and Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (Italy)

 

THEME 2: “On the move: protection across states and effective guardianship systems”

Two discussions led by: Metadrasi (Greece) and Save the Children Italy

 

THEME 3: “Inclusion and participation in society: reaching adulthood, emancipation and empowerment”

Four discussions led by: Minor-Ndako (Belgium), Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (Germany), Jugendliche ohne Grenzen (Germany) and Dedalus Social Cooperative (Italy)

> Coffee break with light snacks (17.00)

> Transport back to Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard for those who did not register to the movie screening at 17.00

Evening programme (17.30 – 20.00) at the Verdala Palace

 

> Screening of film “Kakuma, the invisible city” (17.30 – 18.20)


> Debate moderated by Professor Gloria Lauri Lucenti (18.20 – 19.00)

> Lieven Corthouts, Filmmaker

> Verena Knaus, Senior Policy Advisor, Unicef

> Heidi De Pauw, CEO of Child Focus and Vice President of Missing Children Europe

> Gulwali Passarlay, Author, The Lightless Sky 


> Stand up dinner 19.00

> Transport back to Corinthia Palace Hotel at 20.15

Friday 27 January

> Buses will leave from Corinthia Hotel to Verdala Palace at 8.00

Morning sessions (08.30 -13.15) Verdala Palace


> Registration (08.30 – 09.00)

> Opening discussion (9.00 – 10.00)

Moderator: HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta and Maud de Boer Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe

> Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

> Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Malta

> Jose Carreira, Executive Director, EASO

> Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice, Estonia*


> First workshop session (10.00 – 11.30)

Participants will attend one of the following workshops:

> Missing unaccompanied children and links with trafficking – legal obligations on protection and areas for improvement

> When is ‘return’ to the country of origin in the best interests of the child?

> Guardianship: minimum standards

> Establishing mechanisms for transnational child protection

> How to prevent and respond to unaccompanied children going missing

> Identify holistic solutions and to enhance local cooperation in the best interest of the child


> Coffee break (11.30 – 11.45)

 

> Second workshop session (11.45 -13.15)

Participants will attend one of the following workshops

> The role of quality care in encouraging children and youth on the move in Europe to seek support in protected spaces

> The enhancement of practical inter-state cooperation in the context of Dublin procedures

> Heading Back to Harm: Separated and trafficked children missing from care in the UK

> Setting minimum standards for the interagency cooperation to better protect children in migration from harm

> Durable solutions for children on the move

 

> Standing lunch (13.15 -14.30)

Afternoon sessions (14.30 – 16.00)

 

> Plenary adoption and launch of conference conclusions

Moderators: Ruth Farrugia, Director General of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe

> The workshop rapporteurs will present on the conclusions of the workshop – 2 min per workshop


> Feedback from JHA Council Meeting, considerations on the campaign and conclusions:

Moderators: Ruth Farrugia, Director General of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe

> Her Excellency Maria Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

> Caterina Chinnici, MEP, Co-Chair of the Intergroup on the Rights of the Child             

> Maud de Boer Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe

 

> Transport back to Corinthia Palace Hotel at 16.00 

* speaker to be confirmed


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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.



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