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Conference abstract & concept note

The office of the Greek Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s Rights in collaboration with the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) and UNICEF, is hosting a regional meeting on “Safeguarding and Protecting The Rights of Children On The Move: The Challenge Of Social Inclusion”.

Read here the Concept Note for the meeting

The two-day meeting will be held in Athens, Greece on 13-14 November 2017 and is organized with funding from UNICEF and the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

enoc11Key objectives

  • Review the status of measures and progress made towards protecting and promoting the rights of children on the move in line with Member State commitments at national level
  • Debate and share good practices on social inclusion of children on the move, with a view to informing advocacy and actions

  • Share good practices on measures by Ombudspersons to monitor the implementation of the rights of children on move.
  • Agree priority areas for action and a related set of recommendations on protection and social inclusion of children on the move.

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  • a set of key conclusions and recommendations for addressing the challenges regarding social inclusion of children on the move in EU
  • a summary report on the deliberations and outcomes of the meeting.

 Structure & Participants

13th November: Closed session for Ombudspersons for Children to review progress and good practices related to protecting the rights of children on the move and promoting their social inclusion, culminating in a series of recommendations. Representatives from European Ombudspersons institutions mandated to protect and promote children’s rights and dealing with issues of children on the move, including members of ENOC Task Force for children on the move, are invited.

14th November: Open to invited representatives from international agencies, Greek competent authorities and public agencies and civil society. It will include an update of the evolving legal and policy framework for protecting children on the move (JGC on the Human Rights of Children in the context of International Migration and recent EU policy recommendations), the review of key recommendations elaborated in day one and a panel discussion on the issue with representatives of public agencies and NGOs. 

 Backgroundenoc1

Recent years have seen an exponential increase in international migration. Europe is facing a challenging situation which leads to serious concerns for the reception and protection of the population stranded and on the move, especially those belonging to vulnerable groups. Among them, children are exposed to additional risks at every stage of their journey and upon arrival, and they are most likely to experience violence and exploitation, even death. The fulfillment of the rights of these children and ensuring their protection should be a driving factor in the development, implementation and monitoring of the policies affecting them. In light of this, appropriate reception conditions along with the swift and early integration of the children, and their families, is of prime importance. Read more in the concept note.

enoc6A Call for Action

In September 2015, ENOC adopted a statement at its 19th General Assembly calling upon European Governments and competent European and International authorities for immediate actions to urgently address the situation of children on the move and to guarantee access to the rights they are entitled to. The General Assembly also adopted a decision to form a Task Force with the aim to monitor and report on the ongoing situation of children on the move in the different countries within the ENOC membership. The Task Force released its first report in January 2016, which included key recommendations to the EU and its member states.

In April 2017 the European Commission, acknowledging that specific protection is required to address the risks faced by children in migration in line with relevant provisions of EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and with international law on the rights of the child, set out a series of actions which need to be taken and/or better implemented by the European Union and its Member States.

In 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families initiated the process of developing a Joint General Comment on the human rights of all children in the context of international migration, the finalization of which is expected by the end of 2017.

Read more in the concept note.

enoc10Integration and Social Inclusion

Early integration measures through funding and the exchange of good practices are included in the recent EU policy guidance, along with resettlement and repatriation (reintegration measures). In line with the best interests principle, the development and implementation of durable solutions should be based on a best interests’ determination directed to identify and apply the most adequate short term comprehensive and durable solutions, whereas the respective procedures should be guided by child protection authorities within Child Protection Systems, and should ensure due process guarantees, including the right of the child to be heard.

Soenoc7cial inclusion and integration in host societies is a dynamic, two-way process requiring the participation of both newcomers and the host society. In reality integration takes place at the local level as part of daily life and everyone has a part to play, engaging the receiving society, social partners and civil society as well. Social inclusion and integration policies need to incorporate, among other things, a child protection perspective and specific attention
to the situation of migrant youth and children. In this process, children’s successful integration needs to be reflected in a range of policies including safeguarding their legal status, as well as access to basic rights such as housing, education and training, social
protection and healthcare, including mental health support.

Read more in the concept note.