ChildPact Statement on Refugee Children and Unaccompanied Minors

05 Sep 2017
ChildPact - regional coalition of child protection NGOs from the Wider Black Sea Area

In the past few years, European states have been one of the main destinations for hundreds of thousands people confronted with the deteriorated life conditions in their home countries due to war and conflicts that create a permanent state of insecurity and economic deprivation. Children are most and worst affected by this unprecedented refugee crisis.

This issue of children in migration has been approached by a number of recent reports and statements by international institutions.  The issue of refugees is addressed also by the Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting refugee and migrant children adopted in May 2017 and a global initiative such as the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in its target 10.7, which explicitly refers to a commitment to “facilitate orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”.

Aware of these efforts, and based on our own experience, ChildPact, together with its members  – national coalitions for child protection – call on all stakeholders to increase their efforts to properly address the needs of all refugee children, including unaccompanied minors (UAM), who find themselves in an exceptionally vulnerable situation. Increased mobilization and coordination capacity are key to such efforts, but also prioritization of intervention targeting children as the most and worst affected group.  

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