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EMN Ireland / UNHCR Ireland Conference: Protection of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children in Ireland and Europe

EMN UNHCREMN Ireland, the Irish National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (located at the ESRI), together with the UNHCR Ireland, held a half-day conference on Protection of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children in Ireland and Europe.

Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014

Time: 09:00 - 13:15 followed by lunch

Venue: Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle


The conference addressed the best interests of unaccompanied minors and separated children, in particular in relation to:-

  • Entry and assessment measures and border control;
  • Asylum procedures;
  • Reception and care arrangements; and
  • Return and reintegration practices.

Conference Agenda

09:00 Arrival and Registration
09:30 Welcome  & Opening address:
Frances Ruane, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

09:40 Standards & Guidance in Working with Unaccompanied Minors & Separated Children in Europe
Chair: Peter Power, UNICEF

 

* Unaccompanied Minors in the EU - European Policy Responses and Research: Valeria Setti, Directorate-General Home Affairs, European Commission (Download presentation or listen to audio recording)
* Introducing Safe and Sound: What States can do to respect the Best Interests of unaccompanied and separated children in Europe: Andrea Vonkeman, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Bureau for Europe (Download presentation or listen to audio recording)
EASO's Activities on Children: working towards a common approach at European level: Killian O’Brien, European Asylum Support Office (Download presentation)
10:40 Questions and Answers Discussion
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Challenges, Gaps and Practice in Working with Unaccompanied Minors & Separated Children in Ireland
Chair: Senator Jillian van Turnhout

* Unaccompanied Minors in Ireland, 2014: Data, Policies and Practices: Emma Quinn, EMN Ireland / Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) (Download presentation or listen to audio recording)
* Separated Children: An ORAC Overview: Paraic O’Carroll, Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) (Download presentation)
* Conceptualising Child Refugees: A review of child-specific forms of persecution considering developments in the international children's rights law and refugee law frameworks: Samantha Arnold, Trinity College Dublin and Irish Refugee Council (Download presentation or listen to audio recording)
* The Irish Model of Care & Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum: Thomas Dunning, TUSLA Child and Family Agency (Download presentation or listen to audio recording)
* Monitoring, oversight and the best interests principle: Manus de Barra, Ombudsman for Children’s Office (Listen to audio recording)
12:45 Questions and Answers Discussion
13:05 Closing Remarks:
Sophie Magennis, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ireland

13:15 Lunch

Download conference agenda.


For further information please email emn.ireland@esri.ie or tel: +353-1-8632062.


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