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New Council of Europe publication on promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration

17 January 2020

The CoE Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees Office has issued the publication: “Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration: standards, guidance and current practices“.

The publication considers a wide range of issues affecting refugee and migrant children, including the standards that must be applied to the child’s registration and age determination, the child’s treatment in the migration decision-making process – including access to child-friendly information and interviews – and measures that promote their rights to protection, family care, healthcare and education.

The publication has been developed under the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019) and features an outline of existing standards and examples of child-friendly practices implemented in Council of Europe member states at all stages of the asylum and migration procedures.