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Advance notice - EMN Ireland Conference: Looking to the future for unaccompanied minors in Ireland and Europe

Date: 4 December 2018
Time: 09:00 (registration) – 16:00


The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

Conference abstract

This timely conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the longer-term situation of unaccompanied minors in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. Promising practices and ongoing challenges related to the care and integration of unaccompanied minors - both those awarded protection status and those transitioning to adulthood without a decision - will be considered. Issues related to guardianship, family-reunification, education, the processing of international protection applications and access to alternative statuses will also be discussed.

This full-day conference will draw on the findings of a major new EU-wide EMN study. The Irish national report, Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in Ireland will also be launched at the conference.


Please register here by 27 November 2018.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Bryan McMahon, Chair of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers
  • Jyothi Kanics, Faculty of Law, University of Lucerne
  • Brian Merriman, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
  • Jessica Farnan, CDETB Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants
  • Catherine Cosgrave, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Marie Bengtsson, Swedish EMN National Contact Point, Swedish Migration Agency
  • Samantha Arnold, EMN Ireland, Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Sarah Groarke, EMN Ireland, Economic and Social Research Institute

More information

The final conference agenda will be available on www.emn.ie shortly.

Private access to this event is via Lower Ormond Quay through the Morrison Hotel Art Gallery entrance until 9:30 am.  (Access from 9:30 am through the main hotel entrance on Jervis Street).

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