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

Date Published: 30-09-2014

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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