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.

News

06 May 2020
Adding to the unbearably grim situation for migrants and refugees in Europe for the past couple of years the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent state measures create stronger urge for taking action. Importantly, the new social movement,... Read more
25 Mar 2020
'Restore legality to protect refugees and the society at large amidst the pandemic'   Open letter signed by 121 Organizations To The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou The President of the Hellenic Parliament,... Read more
26 Feb 2020
Every child has the right to a peaceful and secure upbringing. Every child has the right to be cared for. Every child has the right to be treated with respect. Yet child migrants are frequently denied any of these things. According to research... Read more

Learning

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

Library

01 Dec 2019
You will find in this guidance international and European standards on child-friendly practices in the context of migration, with real-life illustrations of the kinds of initiatives, programmes and procedures that serve to... 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.
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

Multimedia

15 Jan 2020
Dr. Maria Herczog, sociologist, child protection expert, President of the Hungarian Association "Families, Children and Youth", was interviewed by the tv station ATV. They covered the work of Eurochild on providing tools for the better... 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

Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

[Greece] Τerre des hommes Hellas: Public Announcement on the new plan of the Greek Government to address the situation of migrants and refugees
Date of publication: 2019
The Greek child protection organization, Terre des hommes Hellas, believes the authorities’ new plans for refugees and migrants put at risk the mental health and well-being of thousands of children and young people.
Risks Facing Children on the Move and Effects of Movement [ChildHub Review]
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Child Protection Hub
This summary describes the risks faced by children as well as the effects of movement on children. Risks on the Move
National Migration Policies and the Treatment of Children on the Move in Southeast Europe [Childhub Review]
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Child Protection Hub
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.
Men and boys in displacement. Assistance and protection challenges for unaccompanied boys and men in refugee contexts
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: CARE & Promundo
"Refugee women and children face specific risks and their needs are, quite rightly, highlighted and addressed by the humanitarian community. However, the situation and specific needs of single male refugees is often less understood.
[Bulgaria] NFCA trained social workers and foster parents for foster care for unaccompanied migrant children
Date of publication: 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.
[European Union] Top EU court strengthens family reunifications for young refugees
Date of publication: 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 not at the di
2 years after: lessons learned on the protection of children on the move in Europe (Childhub webinar)
Date of publication: 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.
[Europe] Emphasis on Children’s Rights in Commissioner for Human Rights’ 1st Quarterly Activity Report 2018
Date of publication: 2018
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Nils Muižniek issued a report on his activities for the first three months of 2018, with a special focus on matters related to children's rights and integration.

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