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European Commission adopt report on the implementation of the Action Plan on unaccompanied minors

Date Published: 01-10-2012

In 2011 there were 12,225 asylum applications by unaccompanied minors across the EU27, a number comparable to previous years.

A European Commission mid-term report on the situation of unaccompanied minors in the EU calls for “improved efforts at both national and European level to respond effectively and in full respect of the rights of the child to this issue”. 

The Commission adopted an Action Plan on unaccompanied minors (2010-2014) in 2010 (IP/10/534) that helped bring into focus the issue of unaccompanied minors who arrive in Europe. The mid-term report on the implementation of the Action takes stock of the positive impacts made to date within the Action Plan, including the facilitation of discussions between institutions on the topic and recognition of the best interests of the child as the guiding principle in new EU legislation in the area of asylum, migration and trafficking in human beings. The mid-term report also identifies areas which require more targeted action over the next two years:-

  • Additional efforts in data gathering and exchange to further improve the comparability of data collected across the EU.
  • The essential nature of continuous engagement and exchanges by the EU and by Member States, with countries of origin and transit: to share experiences and good practice, to better understand these countries' needs and to find concrete solutions in relation to prevention, family tracing and safe return of unaccompanied minors.
  • The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for projects with Member States, international and non-governmental organisations encouraged to use the available financial resources to their fullest potential.
  • The EU is committed to having a common EU asylum system in place by the end of 2012. The European Commission has proposed higher standards of protection for unaccompanied children and hopes the European Parliament and the European Council will find common ground.

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