The study aims to update the findings of the 2008-2009 EMN study Policies on reception, return and integration arrangements for,and numbers of, unaccompanied minors and to provide up-to-date information and comparable data on the numbers and state of protection of unaccompanied minors (UAMs) arriving in Europe. The study has a special focus on the following issues identified as knowledge gaps:
- Entry procedures and arrangements in place for UAMs who are not in the asylum process, including those who entered irregularly and/ or are victims of trafficking;
- Unaccompanied minors who abscond or go missing from care facilities – their profile, reasons for absconding and policies/ practices to prevent this and/ or reduce harm when they go missing;
- Arrangements to support the transition to adulthood for UAMs turning 18; and
- Policies and practices in place for (voluntary) return of unaccompanied minors. The study shows that since the previous study in 2009, the European legislative framework and the reality faced by unaccompanied minors in some (Member) States has undergone change.
The study shows that since the previous study in 2009, the European legislative framework and the reality faced by unaccompanied minors in some (Member) States has undergone change.
- Policies and Practices on Unaccompanied Minors in Ireland
- Policies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors in the EU Member States and Norway: EMN Inform
 This Synthesis Report was prepared on the basis of National Contributions from 27 EMN NCPs (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway)