Special section: Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

On this page you can find resources for practitioners working with unaccompanied and separated children seeking refugee status or humanitarian protection status.


06 May 2020
Adding to the unbearably grim situation for migrants and refugees in Europe for the past couple of years the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent state measures create stronger urge for taking action. Importantly, the new social movement,... Read more
25 Mar 2020
'Restore legality to protect refugees and the society at large amidst the pandemic'   Open letter signed by 121 Organizations To The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou The President of the Hellenic Parliament,... Read more
26 Feb 2020
Every child has the right to a peaceful and secure upbringing. Every child has the right to be cared for. Every child has the right to be treated with respect. Yet child migrants are frequently denied any of these things. According to research... Read more


27 Mar 2018
Since the beginning of the so called "migrant and refugee crisis", many European countries have been facing difficulties while trying to cope with the crisis and effectively respond to the needs of the most vulnerable groups affected... Read more
02 Jun 2017
Be sure to mark Friday, June 2, 2017, 10am on your calendar for an interesting webinar conducted by CPC Learning Network's Beth Rubenstein and Matt MacFarlane!  The Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Piloting innovative... Read more
30 May 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth. Within the current European refugee crisis, children, youth, families and adults have been staying in Greece for months... Read more


01 Dec 2019
You will find in this guidance international and European standards on child-friendly practices in the context of migration, with real-life illustrations of the kinds of initiatives, programmes and procedures that serve to... Read more
03 Oct 2018
This review will inform the reader of migration trends, national policies, and the treatment of children on the move in Greece, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, and Bosnia. Please download the document below.
03 Oct 2018
This summary describes the risks faced by children as well as the effects of movement on children. Risks on the Move As explained in our infographic, there is a whole spectrum of movement types for children. Those that involve irregular... Read more


15 Jan 2020
Dr. Maria Herczog, sociologist, child protection expert, President of the Hungarian Association "Families, Children and Youth", was interviewed by the tv station ATV. They covered the work of Eurochild on providing tools for the better... Read more
07 Jul 2017
Oumar, a 16 year old boy, survived a terrifying journey from Ghana to Italy.  Now he lives in a foster family in Italy and he was rescued twice - once by the Italian coast guard, and once by his new foster family.  
02 Jul 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had most recently published an infographic report illustrating migrant flows towards Italy.  The Infographic highlights the following: (2017) From January 1 to July 2= 84,832... Read more

Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

Child Protection Assessment Report, Gaza Strip, 2018
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Terre des hommes
Building upon a previous Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) conducted in 2014, a new CPRA has been released in early March 2018.
[Greece] "Transitioning to a government-run refugee and migrant response in Greece"
Date of publication: 2017
According to 'Reliefweb', 2000 of unacompagnied refugee children in Greece are sleeping in winter waiting for shelters.
Executive Summary - Rapid Assessment of Mental Health, Psychosocial Needs and Services for Unaccompanied Children in Greece
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNICEF
"In September 2017, there were approximately 2,850 unaccompanied children (UAC) in Greece among which 1,096 were accommodated in 50 UAC shelters and 240 in 8 safe zones nationwide.
ChildPact Statement on Refugee Children and Unaccompanied Minors
Date of publication: 2017
In the past few years, European states have been one of the main destinations for hundreds of thousands people confronted with the deteriorated life conditions in their home countries due to war and conflicts that create a permanent state of insec
Global Monthly Monitoring Report Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe issue #10 - May
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: Terre des hommes
At the end of May 2017, IOM reported 72,179[1] people stranded in Central and South Eastern Europe, a slight decrease compared to the previous month (73,900[2]).
[United Kingdom] Cut Off From Justice - Legal Aid Cuts and Soaring Fees Leave Vulnerable Migrant Children with Nowhere to Turn
Date of publication: 2017
A report by The Children’s Society demonstrates that a large number of unaccompanied migrant children in the UK do not receive the legal help necessary to solve their immigration cases.
[Italy] Due to abuse in Libya, thousands of African children resort to cross the sea to Italy, UNICEF says
Date of publication: 2017
According to the findings of a UNICEF report, a numerous amount of Africa's migrant children fleeing their home due to private and public disputes had intended on traveling abroad to neighboring countries to obtain work, as opposed to European sta
[United Kingdom] 104 possibly exploited migrant youths missing between France and UK - watchdog
Date of publication: 2017
Rudaw reports on the findings that express concern over the whereabouts of 104 missing refugee and migrant youth who were attempting to seek refuge in the United Kingdom from the Calais refugee camp. 


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