Amina translate to safe one in Arabic. We want to make sure every child coming to Europe reaches safety and is treated with love, respect and dignity.
Since May 2017, Missing Children Europe has been working on a project aiming named AMINA to close the protection gaps that lead to the disappearance and exploitation of children in migration in Europe. AMINA will contribute to an environment where policy and legislative processes take the best interest of children as their primary consideration.
We want children to have access to child friendly, up to date and accessible information on their rights, procedures and the support available wherever they are, so they are empowered to take the right decisions, rather than forced to trust those profiting from their vulnerability, and therefore are better protected while on the move in Europe. We want actors working with children to be better trained in responding to protection needs of children in migration and we want them to work together better across national borders on the basis of trialled and tested procedures. We want the general public to feel a sense of responsibility and empathy towards the needs of children in migration, and we want to change the narrative regarding children in migration to a more positive discourse to avoid alienation of children and to help children to integrate into their new society. We want policy makers at the national and EU level to prioritise children in migration policies so all decisions regarding children are based on their best interest, including those related to law making and public funding.