December 2020

Joint statement on the impact of the Pact on Migration and Asylum on children in migration

In the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, children are more than a footnote. However, human rights organisations raise several serious concerns regarding the new measures proposed.

Children have consistently been one of the largest groups of persons seeking protection in Europe, and in 2019 they represented almost one third of the total number of first-time asylum applicants. Whilst in 2015 children were only contemplated in a footnote in the Agenda on Migration, the 2020 Pact on Migration and Asylum includes various welcome safeguards for (mainly unaccompanied) children. However, we still have serious concerns in relation to certain procedures proposed.

Read the full Joint Statement here