[European Union] Europe's Rights Official says laws turn migrant children into "extremists"

20 May 2017
Vatican Radio

A recent article published by Vatican Radio, had uncovered some of the truth existent behind particular asylum law practices within some European Union countries. According to the article, the head of Europe's highest human rights body had noted how a significant portion of the legislation present in many European Union nations, labels migrant youth as a threat against their security. In addition to this, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, claims that the prohibition of migrant youth reuniting with their families, ultimately increases their vulnerability to exposure and encounters with illegal activities. The article cites Jagland's estimate of more than 10,000 migrant children identified in Europe, considering there is a growing fear among these youth migrants of deportation once they turn 18 years old. This article further refers to Eurostat, which claims that there were 63,000 unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum in 2016 throughout the European Union and other European states, where more than 50% of these migrant youth originated from Afghanistan and Syria, while more than two-thirds were males between the age of 16 and 17, while nearly 6,300 of these children were below the age of 14, according to the article. 

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