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.


09 Feb 2020
Annie Chapman, a doctor from London and a volunteer of the Boat Refugee Foundation (BRF) in Lesbos, Greece, has recently published an observer special report at the Guardian. Her story about dire living conditions and a close look at cases of... Read more
15 Jan 2020
Fatima is three years old. She was born in Guinea, and arrived in Malaga, Spain on the night of 23 June 2019, after crossing the Mediterranean with a large group of strangers and a woman who claimed to be her aunt. The authorities were... Read more
18 Dec 2019
Yesterday, on the occasion of International Migrants' Day, Drahoslav Štefánek was appointed new Special Representative on migration and refugees. The new role will focus on the protection of the fundamental rights of migrants and... 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


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


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

[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.
[European Union] Refugee and migrant children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically in the face of uncertain future - UNICEF
Date of publication: 2017
According to UNICEF, there are nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, along with an approximate number of 24,600 children who are in complete limbo, taking temporary residence in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, and West of the Balkan states.
Committee for the Family of Croatian Parliament discussed the protection of unaccompanied children
Date of publication: 2017
On April 20th 2017, the Croatian Parliament's "Committee for the family, youth and sport" held a thematic discussion about protection of the unaccompanied foreign children.


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