Immigration/asylum : Ep: Commission's Work on Unaccompanied Minors Not Satisfactory

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Immigration/asylum : Ep: Commission's Work on Unaccompanied Minors Not Satisfactory


The European Parliament is dissatisfied with the Commission's work on behalf of migrants of under 18 years old who come to Europe alone: it should propose a strategy, said the EP, on 12 September, to ensure that member states provide complete protection and an individual guardian for these children. Returning the child to their country of origin should also be forbidden.

The Commission presented an action plan, in September 2012, but problems remain: "Unaccompanied minors' rights are not always respected in EU member states, too often they are dealt with as adult irregular migrants and their vulnerabilities, specific needs and rights are not taken into account," said rapporteur Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, France).a"Most of them are fleeing their countries to escape from war, violence, prosecution, poverty and natural disasters. They may also be victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation."

When the asylum package was adopted in the spring, the EU had the opportunity to ban the detention of unaccompanied minors - but it did not, which MEPs regretted. …

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