Children in Migration: Report on the state of implementation in 2019 of the 2017 Communication on the protection of children in migration


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This report  maps the progress made by EU Member States and Norway in 2019 in the implementation of the recommended actions laid down in the 2017 Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration, with a view to further understanding progress made in the implementation of the Communication’s recommendations. The scope of this Report is limited to migrant children in the categories set out in the 2017 Communication:

  • Accompanied minors/families with children
  • Separated children
  • Unaccompanied minors, including those: recorded within the asylum system, not applying for asylum but recorded within other migration procedures, and -not applying for asylum, who remain outside the asylum/migration/(child) protection system.

There is a distinction between the latter two categories but they may overlap and the terms may be used interchangeably (e.g. in Finland, an asylum-seeking child accompanied by other adult family members is considered an unaccompanied minor). The Report reflects the legislation, policies and practices in place in Member States and Norway from 1 January to 31 December 2019.

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Author(s):European Migration Network
Publisher:Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Publication Date:10 Mar 2021
Geographic Focus:EU and Norway
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