Stop the detention of migrant children. New recommendations by UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM

2022/08/21 Type of resource: Topics: Titles:

Ending the detention of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant children across Europe. UNCHR, UNICEF and IOM repeated this in a joint study reviewing the relevant policies of European countries.

An advocacy document from which the glaring contradiction between the provisions of international agreements (from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the European Convention on Human Rights), for which "detention is never in the best interests of the child", and state legislation emerges. Out of the 38 analysed, in fact, exactly half (19) allow the detention of unaccompanied children, while as many as 27 allow it for boys and girls together with their parents.

Thus, the joint document of the three international agencies also provides a series of detailed recommendations addressed to European states.
The document can be accessed and downloaded from the UNHCR website.

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