6. Identifying and implementing durable solutions for unaccompanied children: based on a thorough assessment of the best interests of the child and her or his rights to safety, protection and development.
7. More efficient international cooperation in the application of protection and Dublin procedures:
· Applications for international protection of unaccompanied children should be treated with priority
· Requests for family reunification involving unaccompanied children should be prioritised too. Family reunification procedures should be explained clearly to the child in all their steps. A revision of the definition of family should be considered.
· Children should be able to apply for asylum in the country where they are, without being transferred to other countries which they transited, and
· Guardians (professional or volunteers, but in both cases well-trained) should be appointed immediately upon arrival of the child.
8. Better cross border cooperation in responding to disappearances, by enhancing the capacity of existing networks with expertise and experience in the protection of vulnerable children
1. The European Commission principles on integrated child protection systems should be at the heart of the comprehensive strategy on children in migration expected from the Commission later this year.
2. The EP voted in favour of the right for a child to apply for asylum in the country where he or she is, without being transferred back to the first country of arrival. The system expected to replace the current Dublin Regulation should maintain this principle, as unnecessary transfers under the Dublin Regulation add trauma for an already vulnerable child, and often constitute a push factor to go missing.
3. The SIS System should be adapted to distinguish between the different groups of missing children. The SIS II should also provide searchable fingerprints in SIS II - provided that data protection and security safeguards for the IT-system are in place.
4. Member States should highlight the good practices developed at local level and foster their implementation consistently within the country.