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
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


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

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.
A Child is a Child
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNICEF
Through a series of unfortunate catastrophes, such as violence, impoverishment, conflict, and disaster, millions of children are perpetually transcending international frontiers, with visions to live a normal life.
Situation Update: Unaccompanied Children (UAC) in Greece: 19 April 2017 [Infographic]
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: E.K.K.A: National Center for Social Solidarity
EKKA: The National Center for Social Solidarity, had released a short info graphic report containing imperative figures regarding the presence of unaccompanied minor refugee children in Greece, from January 2016 to April 19, 2017.
Emergency within an Emergency
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: FXB Center for Health and Human Rights Harvard University
From the Executive Summary:
Unaccompanied children visited the Bishop of Esztergom (Hungary)
Date of publication: 2017
Unaccompanied children living in Fót were invited to Esztergom, by János Székely, deputy bishop of Esztergom. 14 youngsters visited the historical city thanks to the support of Menedek Association.
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council -the Protection of children in Migration
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: European Commission
In the light of this increased number of migrant children arriving in Europe and of the growing pressure on national migration management and child protection systems, this Communication sets out a series of actions which need to be
Child rights organisations welcome EU Commission’s policy to protect child migrants and refugees -Destination Unknown
Date of publication: 2017
The EU Commission’s new policy guidelines, which provide concrete actions to protect all migrant and refugee
EU and Balkan countries stranding hundreds of unaccompanied children in dangerous limbo | Destination Unknown
Date of publication: 2017
Unaccompanied, separated children trapped in the Balkans are being placed in extreme danger of exploitation, violence and trafficking due to unfit border policies and inadequate and overstretched child protection systems, a new report has found.


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