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Policy & Legislation

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Children’s rights in return policy and practice in Europe (by Jan Murk)

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 over 12,000 unaccompanied and separated children each year entered the European Union (EU) seeking asylum. Many more enter the EU without asking for asylum. This creates challenges for European States, which must ensure that children are accorded appropriate care and protection and have their rights respected in the process in line with all international obligations. The European Commission and its Member States have responded to the challenge with, among other measures, the European Commission Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors. The Action Plan focused on protection measures for children, on durable solutions, on application of the best interests of the child – as called for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – and on cooperation with third countries.

  • UNICEF releases report “children’s rights in return policy and practice in Europe’’
    UNICEF releases report “children’s rights in return policy and practice in Europe’’ by UNICEF
    UNICEF has concerns about the situation and the protection of unaccompanied and separated children who may be returned to their country of origin. One of the main recommendations of the report is that return policies should be made child proof and in line with children's rights.


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