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Read the latest news on child protection from around Europe. For news related to the recent refugee crisis in Europe please see our Thematic Page.

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06 Jun 2019
On June 4th, Terre des hommes Romania (Tdh) hosted a conference with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) about alternatives to child detention in the context of migration and asylum. Guests from around Europe...
26 Mar 2019
The Council of Europe has recognized the detention of migrant and refugee children as a harmful practice that violates the rights of detainees. In the 2016–2021 Strategy for the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Rights division of the Council of...
04 Dec 2018
The most recent European Directive on detention clearly defines situations in which countries can detain asylum seekers. Despite this, many countries in Europe apply the practice of detention of asylum seekers, adults as well as children also in...
22 Sep 2017
Attention has been drawn to Hungary's increasingly tough anti-migration measures follwing UNHCR commissioner Filippo Grandi's recently criticised Hungary's “very clear intention” to curtail the access refugees have to protection in the country....
02 Aug 2017
According to recent reports, the number of unaccompanied children placed in unhygienic detention centres has increased alarmingly. At the end of July, 117 children were in police cells and custody centres, whereas only two were placed in detention...
19 Jul 2017
A significant portion of individuals turning to Europe as a safe haven amid the contemporary refugee crisis are young children. To be specific, 32% of asylum requests in the European Union were from children. The bloc now attempts to establish an...
13 Jun 2017
Aljazeera recently wrote a piece about the precarious life of an 11 year old Afghan refugee who has been stuck in Serbia. Abuzar was interviewed by Aljazeera in February 2017 and is one of 300,000 child migrants worldwide who have been attempting to...
24 May 2017
Within Hungary's Tompa Refugee camp, 250 Kurdish migrants live in limbo. Among these refugees, are young children, according to a recently published article by Rudaw. The camp's residence is urging for global assistance, in protest of the harsh...
21 Sep 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 21 2016 (IPS): On Monday, ​the United States was one of the main countries to obstruct a UN Declaration ​that no child should ever be detained. Though welcome, the US’ commitment the following day to resettle 110,000 refugees in...
19 Aug 2016
UNHCR states that the number of children in detention has fallen in 12 countries taking part in a UNHCR strategy to end detention of asylum seekers and refugees. Particularly positive developments were noted in the reduction of child detention,...

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