The numbers of children who came to the EU and Norway unaccompanied, i.e. without a parent or another adult responsible for them, to seek asylum, reached unprecedented levels between 2014 and 2017, at almost 220,000. At the same time, at least another 48,500 unaccompanied children arrived during the same period, and did not seek asylum.
Where did these children come from and which European countries received them? What approaches were taken to address their situation, once their status was determined? Under what circumstances are such children returned to their countries of origin? And what happens to them, once they reach the age of 18?
The wide reaching EMN study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU plus Norway covering 25 Member States and Norway, sets out to answer these pressing questions.
EMN Flash #1/2018 provides a summary of the main research findings.