Special section: Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

On this page you can find resources for practitioners working with unaccompanied and separated children seeking refugee status or humanitarian protection status.


18 Apr 2018
The National Foster Care Association has been training 15 foster parents, social workers and foster care experts to implement foster care for unaccompanied migrant children. The training included social workers from child protection departments,... Read more
12 Apr 2018
By Angela Giuffrida Seven Italian charities appealed to the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Interior accusing the French border police of falsifying birth dates of unaccompanied migrant children so as to pass them off as adults... Read more
12 Apr 2018
A recent decision of the European Court of Justice on the case A and S v Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie (The Netherlands) ruled that unaccompanied refugee minors have the right to family reunification, and this right “is... Read more


27 Mar 2018
Since the beginning of the so called "migrant and refugee crisis", many European countries have been facing difficulties while trying to cope with the crisis and effectively respond to the needs of the most vulnerable groups affected... Read more
02 Jun 2017
Be sure to mark Friday, June 2, 2017, 10am on your calendar for an interesting webinar conducted by CPC Learning Network's Beth Rubenstein and Matt MacFarlane!  The Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Piloting innovative... Read more
30 May 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth. Within the current European refugee crisis, children, youth, families and adults have been staying in Greece for months... Read more


03 Oct 2018
This summary describes the risks faced by children as well as the effects of movement on children. Risks on the Move As explained in our infographic, there is a whole spectrum of movement types for children. Those that involve irregular... Read more
03 Oct 2018
This review will inform the reader of migration trends, national policies, and the treatment of children on the move in Greece, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, and Bosnia. Please download the document below.
01 Oct 2017
"In September 2017, there were approximately 2,850 unaccompanied children (UAC) in Greece among which 1,096 were accommodated in 50 UAC shelters and 240 in 8 safe zones nationwide. Of the total of 8,987 UAC who were referred to EKKA from 1... Read more


07 Jul 2017
Oumar, a 16 year old boy, survived a terrifying journey from Ghana to Italy.  Now he lives in a foster family in Italy and he was rescued twice - once by the Italian coast guard, and once by his new foster family.  
02 Jul 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had most recently published an infographic report illustrating migrant flows towards Italy.  The Infographic highlights the following: (2017) From January 1 to July 2= 84,832... Read more
26 Jun 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had released a weekly update relating to the arrivals of migrants in Italy for the week of June 25, 2017. The infographic displays imperative figures pertaining to the number of estimated... Read more

Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

Psychosocial support for children on the move: art as a way of expression [ChildHub Webinar]
Date of publication: 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth.
[European Union] Europe's Rights Official says laws turn migrant children into "extremists"
Date of publication: 2017
A recent article published by Vatican Radio, had uncovered some of the truth existent behind particular asylum law practices within some European Union countries.
[Serbia] Nearly 800 unaccompanied foreign minors in Serbia
Date of publication: 2017
ANSAmed indicates that among the 7,000 migrants situated in Serbia, almost 800 of these individuals are minors traveling alone.
[International] Number of migrant children traveling alone hits record high
Date of publication: 2017
An article published by Newstalk notes the high number of unaccompanied migrant youth traveling across borders to elude catastrophes present in their homeland.
Best Interest Out of Sight
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: Magyar Helsinki Bizottság
The report describes in plain language, and through examples the legal and institutional environment and their everyday practice in Hungary regarding asylum seeking children, from the moment of lodging an asylum application to the final stages of
[European Union] 63,000 children still seeking asylum in Europe: EU Agency
Date of publication: 2017
The First Post had written a piece that cites the European Union's statistical agency which indicates over 63,000 children were traveling without the supervision of their parents, while seeking asylum in 2016.
New mental health guide for child refugees | Destination Unknown
Date of publication: 2017
Terre des Hommes Italy has launched a preview of its new handbook detailing best practices on how to give mental health and psychosocial support to child refugees and migrants.
[Italy] Almost 28,000 Foreign Minors Disappeared in Italy in 2016
Date of publication: 2017
According to the Latin American information agency, Prensa Latina, nearly 28,000 foreign minors vanished in 2016 from Italian households and care homes.
[European Union] Europe’s missing refugee children
Date of publication: 2017
An article published by The Hindu e-paper, had highlighted the intensification of the contemporary refugee crisis, which signified the concerns of the whereabouts of the thousands of children who have gone missing as a result of their jou
The Impact of Protection Interventions on Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Humanitarian Crises
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UKAid, Save The Children, Oxfam, Tufts, Feinstein International Center
The systematic review identifies, synthesizes and evaluates existing evidence of the impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children in humanitarian crises since 1983.


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