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UNICEF releases report “children’s rights in return policy and practice in Europe’’

19 February 2015

On February 16, UNICEF The Netherlands has launched a report entitled ''children's rights in return policy and practice in Europe''. UNICEF has concerns about the situation and the protection of unaccompanied and separated children who may be returned to their country of origin. One of the main recommendations of the report is that return policies should be made child proof and in line with children's rights.

In the report, UNICEF suggests that governments should consider the following points in order to ensure respect for the rights of unaccompanied and separated children who may be returned to their country of origin:

* Assess the security situation carefully, on a country and local basis and specifically for children.

* Carry out a Best Interests Determination (BID) as well as an assessment of international protection claims to identify a durable solution for every separated child.

* Develop and use child rights-based procedures for tracing and contacting families.

* Respect the best interests of children in returning to families.

* Work on options for long-term development and durable solutions.

* Conduct public consultations now on policy provisions needed to accompany emerging practices.

* Do not return children to institutional reception unless the recommended safeguards are in place.

Click here for the full report.





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