28/09/2012 at 12:00
Where: Berlaymont press room, Brussels
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
The Commission will present a report on the implementation of the Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors (2010-2014). The report highlights the main progress and future developments in addressing the situation of unaccompanied minors following the adoption of the Action Plan in 2010. The report takes stock of the progress made in four areas identified by the 2010 Action Plan and makes recommendations for further improvements in each of those:
• Data collection continues to be one of the key challenges to analysing current policy and developing a comprehensive approach.
• Prevention of unsafe migration and trafficking
• Reception measures and access to procedural guarantees in the EU
• Durable solutions in the best interests of the child
The Commission now calls for continued efforts at both national and European level to continue to respond effectively and in full respect of the rights of the child to this complex transnational challenge.
Every year thousands of unaccompanied minors from third countries travel to Europe seeking for a new life. The majority has fled from wars, conflicts or other difficult and dramatic living conditions and some have even experienced the loss of family along the way.
In 2010 the EU adopted an Action Plan that helped bringing into focus the issue of unaccompanied minors who arrive in Europe: each decision affecting a minor's future must be taken with the best interests of the child at heart, regardless of his migratory status.
The arrival of unaccompanied minors is not a temporary phenomenon, but a long-term feature of migration into the EU. In 2011, there were 12,225 asylum applications by unaccompanied minors across the EU27 – a number comparable to previous years and unlikely to change in the coming ones.
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.
Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, will give a statement at the beginning of the midday briefing.