Events » Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the European Migrant Crisis
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the European Migrant Crisis

When: Monday, July 10, 2017 22:00 - Monday, July 10, 2017 22:00
Where: Room 1H1, European Parliament, Brussels

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During the European migrant crisis, increasing numbers of unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs) were reported to go missing. Despite this, the problem is usually under-reported. As a result, many URMs are trafficked and end up being exploited and abused. Despite the role played by the European Union in establishing common legal safeguards for specific situations onURMs in terms of asylum and trafficking, relevant legal as well as policy instruments to further protect them from exploitation are still needed. Some of the main challenges includes registration, first reception, qualified staff, age assessment, delays in the appointment of guardians,  and access to asylum. Which are the EU legal instruments addressing the situation of the unaccompanied and separated children?

This conference will try bring up such a relevant issue with the aim to estimate the number of the URMs of third country origins who went missing either in the refugee routes or in the reception centers and call upon the EU authorities to commit themselves to present good practices on how to improve prevention and response to the disappearances of URMs, strengthen the policies aimed at children tracing and family reunification. Additionally, the event aims to tackle issues such as: long reporting procedures; lack of human resources in reception centers; the lack of experience of police officers or, law enforcement agents;  the care that URMs receive in the reception cares.

Draft program

14:00 - 14:10 - MEP Arne Gericke ’Opening Remarks’’

14:10 - 14:20 - Teuta Vodo, PhD. EU Policy Researcher  ‘’EU Law on the ‘Best Interest of the Child’ Principle’’

14:20 - 14:30 - Marta Welander, Director, Refugee Rights Data project ’’The situation of unaccompanied and separated minors in northern France’’

14:30 - 14:40 – Delphine Moralis, Secretary General, Missing Children Europe ’’Missing in migration: protection challenges and risks’’

14:40 - 14:50 – Torsten Gumbrecht, Bundesfachverband Unbegleitete Minderjährige Flüchtlinge  ’’New strategies in reducing the number of URMs. German case revisited’’

14:50 - 15:00 - Elona Bokshi, Senior Policy and Project Officer on Children, European Council of Refugees ’’Age assessment (Article 25(5) recast Asylum Procedures Directive’’

15:00 - 15:10 - Maria Vilarino Dapena, Expert on Asylum Procedures for Children, European Asylum Support Office ’’EASO support activities on asylum-seeking children’’

15:10 - 15:55 - Q&A session

15:55 - 16:00 - Arne Gericke MEP ’Closing remarks’’




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