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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, will hold 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 will address 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)
* 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)
EASO's Activities on Children: working towards a common approach at European level: Killian O’Brien, European Asylum Support Office
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)
* 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)
* The Irish Model of Care & Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum: Thomas Dunning, TUSLA Child and Family Agency (Download presentation)
* Monitoring, oversight and the best interests principle: Manus de Barra, Ombudsman for Children’s Office
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.


Registration and further information:

Registration is now closed for this event.  Please email: emn.ireland@esri.ie for further information.

How to find Dublin Castle:
Dublin Castle is situated in the very heart of Dublin City, on the south side of the River Liffey, off Dame Street, en route from Trinity College to Christchurch Cathedral.

Bedford Hall is located in the Bedford Tower, Castle Hall in the main courtyard of Dublin Castle to the right of the Dame Street/Castle Hill entrance.

How to get there:
Dublin Bus routes No.'s 77a, 56a and 49.  For further information on Dublin Bus services please click here.

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


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