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

4 December 2018 | 9 a.m - 3:15 p.m.

The Morrrison Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

This EMN Ireland conference will discuss the status, care and integration of unaccompanied minors in Ireland and internationally, both those awarded protection and those transitioning to adulthood without an immigration status. The multi-disciplinary conference brings together speakers from a range of organisations. Dr Bryan McMahon, Chair of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers will provide an opening address.

The EMN Ireland national study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in Ireland will also be launched at the conference.

Registration: Please register here by 27 November 2018.

Draft Programme


Arrival and Registration

Welcome:
Prof Alan Barrett, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Keynote
: Dr Bryan McMahon, Chair of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers


Session 1: Unaccompanied minors in the international context 

Chair: Michele Clarke, Chief Social Worker, Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Jyothi Kanics, Faculty of Law, University of Lucerne
Samantha Arnold and Sarah Groarke, EMN Ireland / Economic and Social Research Institute

Questions and answers

followed by coffee break

Session 2: Care, aftercare and integration of unaccompanied minors 
Chair: Shirley Martin, Co-Director Early Years and Childhood Studies, University College Cork 
Barbara Monaghan and Thomas Dunning, TUSLA Social Work Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum
Marie Bengtsson, Swedish EMN National Contact Point, Swedish Migration Agency
Jessica Farnan, CDETB Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants
Questions and answers 


Session 2: Care, aftercare and integration of unaccompanied minors 

 

Chair: Shirley Martin, Co-Director Early Years and Childhood Studies, University College Cork 

* Barbara Monaghan and Thomas Dunning, TUSLA Social Work Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum 
Marie Bengtsson, Swedish EMN National Contact Point, Swedish Migration Agency
*Jessica Farnan, CDETB Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants

Questions and answers

followed by lunch


Session 3: Pathways to status for unaccompanied minors

Chair: Hilkka Becker, Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal

* Brian Merriman, Policy Division, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service 
Catherine Cosgrave, Immigrant Council of Ireland
* Evelyn Petoia, Legal Aid Board
Maria Hennessy, UNHCR Ireland - the UN Refugee Agency

Questions and answers


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More information 

Private access to this event is via Ormond Quay Lower 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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