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.


15 Mar 2019
The National Network for Children Bulgaria reported that the National Program for Preventing and Counteracting Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting Victims for 2019 was adopted by the Bulgarian Government. This is an annual document... Read more
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
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

[Greece] "Transitioning to a government-run refugee and migrant response in Greece"
Date of publication: 2017
According to 'Reliefweb', 2000 of unacompagnied refugee children in Greece are sleeping in winter waiting for shelters.
Executive Summary - Rapid Assessment of Mental Health, Psychosocial Needs and Services for Unaccompanied Children in Greece
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNICEF
"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.
ChildPact Statement on Refugee Children and Unaccompanied Minors
Date of publication: 2017
In the past few years, European states have been one of the main destinations for hundreds of thousands people confronted with the deteriorated life conditions in their home countries due to war and conflicts that create a permanent state of insec
Global Monthly Monitoring Report Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe issue #10 - May
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: Terre des hommes
At the end of May 2017, IOM reported 72,179[1] people stranded in Central and South Eastern Europe, a slight decrease compared to the previous month (73,900[2]).
[United Kingdom] Cut Off From Justice - Legal Aid Cuts and Soaring Fees Leave Vulnerable Migrant Children with Nowhere to Turn
Date of publication: 2017
A report by The Children’s Society demonstrates that a large number of unaccompanied migrant children in the UK do not receive the legal help necessary to solve their immigration cases.
[Italy] Due to abuse in Libya, thousands of African children resort to cross the sea to Italy, UNICEF says
Date of publication: 2017
According to the findings of a UNICEF report, a numerous amount of Africa's migrant children fleeing their home due to private and public disputes had intended on traveling abroad to neighboring countries to obtain work, as opposed to European sta
[United Kingdom] 104 possibly exploited migrant youths missing between France and UK - watchdog
Date of publication: 2017
Rudaw reports on the findings that express concern over the whereabouts of 104 missing refugee and migrant youth who were attempting to seek refuge in the United Kingdom from the Calais refugee camp. 
[Greece] Teenage refugees in Greece are being labelled 'adults' if they have wisdom teeth
Date of publication: 2017
The International Business Times, refers to the findings of the newly published "Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected" report, produced by Human Rights Watch, which states that refugee adolescent youth are being categorized as adult ref


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