Unaccompanied Minors

Blog with news on the situation of unaccompanied minor refugees

There is an Italian Blog that gives a lot of news on the situation of unaccompanied minors not only in Italian, but in various languages: http://minoristranierinonaccompagnati.blogspot.de

Austria > Minors

Unaccompanied minors should get special care, but since facilities are crowded they are sometimes being sent to accommodations for grown-ups, if they are 16+ years old.

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Bulgaria > Minors

If you are an unaccompanied minor, detention is explicitly prohibited. According to the law, unaccompanied minors are appointed legal representatives and are accommodated with relatives, host families or other specialized institutions. However, in reality this provision is not applied.

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Croatia > Minors

Unaccompanied minors asylum seekers, single women and families are accommodated in the newly opened open reception center for asylum seekers in Kutina, 80km east from Zagreb.

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Cyprus > Minors

Unaccompanied minors are not systematically identified in the Republic of Cyprus. Since 2014 a medical age assessment was implemented which a small number of children have undergone so far and which consists of an x-ray, as well as a tooth and body examination. The findings of these medical tests have so far in almost all cases stated that the tested person is not under the age of 18 and therefore no unaccompanied minor.

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Denmark > Minors

If you are an unaccompanied minor and wish to seek asylum in Denmark you will generally meet the same requirements as adult asylum seekers. However, unaccompanied minor asylum seekers are considered a vulnerable group, which means that unaccompanied minors will be housed in special accommodation centers and will be appointed a personal representative, who will provide support during the processing of the case.

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France > Minors

France has the obligation to protect minors in difficulty, what means offering good living conditions, education, opportunities to learn a job. It is possible for minors who choose to stay in France to leave in a camp or in a family, to go to school or to learn a job, under the responsibility of the Childhood Social Help. More in a "Guide for Minors"...

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Germany > Minors

This guide especially for minors provides an overview of your rights here in Germany. These rights apply to all minors (children and teenagers under the age of 18) independent of their origin, gender, religion, etc..

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Greece > Minors

Minors are often held in detention what is officially not allowed. Their age is often changed by the authorities to make them older.

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Italy > Minors

Rights of minors and vulnerable people

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Lithuania > Minors

An unaccompanied minor in Lithuania is a person who is less than 18 years old and who arrived in Lithuania without parents or other legal guardians (or has been left without legal guardians after entering the country).

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Netherlands > Minors

Unaccompanied minor (abbreviation in Dutch: AMV): When you are a minor you can also ask for asylum. If your asylum request gets rejected it is possible to obtain a regular residence permit which is valid only till your 18th birthday.

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Serbia > Minors

According to the law, whenever the police has an interaction with an unaccompanied minor, they should inform the social services, which should assign them a legal guardian. This does not always happen and unaccompanied minors are often treated in the same way as adults.

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Spain > Minors

Since 2011, the authorities’ first goal is to deport minors back to their home countries.
This is only possible if the authorities can prove that you have family and know where
your family is staying.

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Sweden > Minors

Unaccompanied minors have generated much debate and lot of Swedish people have begun working with them professionally, such as social workers in working in shelters for unaccompanied minors. If you are under 18 years old and come to Sweden without parents you count as an unaccompanied minor. There are special housings for children and youth. A trustee is selected of you come to Sweden without a parent or other guardian. At the first meeting with the Migration Office your application for asylum is registered. Your fingerprints and photo is taken.

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