Recommendations | PRUMA
Promoting Family Reunification & transfer
of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum
Seekers under the Dublin Regulation
Unaccompanied Children on the Move
Not Just Numbers
RO Brussels supports and participates in regional dialogues on how to establish and implement durable solutions for unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) tailored to their individual migration process while recognising that one of the long-term options is assisted voluntary return and reintegration. IOM has expanded its activities in this field in recent years to include family-tracing projects, capacity-building and research.
The EU Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors has acknowledged that more efforts are needed in the following areas: strengthening the skills and expertise of guardians, capacity-building in third countries, improving the process of defining what is in the best interest of the child, preventing the disappearance of UMC from the protection system, family-tracing and assessment of the socio-economic situation of the family, return and reintegration (when found to be in the best interest of the child) and age assessment.
IOM routinely puts its experience and expertise at the disposal of the EU and partners to provide practical solutions to these challenges.
01 December 2015 -- A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.
The share is greatest along the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece and through the Western Balkans, where children make up over one quarter of arrivals. About 10 per cent of arrivals to Italy are children, with nearly three quarters unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children are among the most vulnerable of the migrants and refugees travelling to Europe. More than one third of all deaths in the Aegean Sea this year have been of children, many of them infants. Read More>>