EASO Practical guide on the best interests of the child in asylum procedures

EASO Practical Guides Series

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Date of publication:  01 Feb 2019 Publisher:  European Asylum Support Office EASO Publication type:  Toolkit / Handbook / Manual

The European Asylum Support Office has published a practical guide on the best interests of the child in asylum procedures. According to the present legislation, all EU member states are obliged to act in the best interest of a child in the actions or decisions concerning children. However, despite this obligation, EASO notes that most of the member states does not have a system in place to ensure the best interest of the child will be guaranteed in asylum procedures. This guide aims to help the EU member states on how to effectively implement their laws and ensure they respect national and international obligations, as well as protect children and their rights. The focus of the guide is on ensuring best interest of a child in the asylum procedure, mainly intended for relevant national authorities whose task is to ensure child`s best interest when making decision concerning children. Divided in five sections, the document discusses the best interest of the child in general, procedural safeguards, practical guidance how to assess best interest of a child and vulnerability and risks for children. There is also a checklist with the key steps for authorities when making decisions and assessing best interest of a child.

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48
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European Union

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