Report on the situation of unaccompanied minors in the EU

Publishers European Parliament
Zones European Union
Type Report / Study / Data
Date of publication 2013
Document main thematic Child Protection/ Related Topic
Document thematics Migration
Total pages 24
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The current situation of unaccompanied minors in the EU needs to be tackled with concrete and targeted measures and in the best interest of the child. This is main message of the report by ALDE MEP Nathalie Griesbeck (Modem, France) adopted by the European Parliament. The report responds to the Commission’s mid-term review of its action plan on unaccompanied minors.

The general recommedations include the following;
1. child protection concerns, rather than immigration policies, must be the leading principle for Member States and the European Union when dealing with unaccompanied minors, respecting the core principle of the child’s best interests;
2. the best interests of the child -as enshrined in provisions and case-law -must take priority over any other consideration in any act taken with regard to them;
3. stopping the existing lacunae in the protection of unaccompanied minors in the European Union;
4. coherent response of Member States to protect unaccompanied minors, with full respect for their fundamental rights;
5. strengthening the status of ‘legal guardian’ in the EU and setting up a monitoring plan for the reintegration of minors in countries of origin;
6. compilation of a handbook by the Commission on the different legal bases concerning unaccompanied minors for the use of Member States and practicioners;
7. establish a coordinated method of the collection and sharing of data and information on unaccompanied minors;
8. EU and the Member States should step up their cooperation with third countries of origin and transit concerning unaccompanied minors;
9. combating trafficking in human beings is a necessary and crucial step;
10. Securing adequate long-term funding for programmes aiming at the identification of unaccompanied minors, adequate reception, protection,the appointment oflegal guardians, family tracing,resettlement,reintegration and training of border guards.

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