About: unaccompanied minors

If we fail to reform the Dublin Regulation, everybody loses – especially children

If European leaders won't agree on a working intra-European solidarity mechanism, Europe's free movement zone will be at risk and many more children will lose their lives trying to reach safety and shelter in Europe, writes Karen Mets.

EU court: Child refugees can apply to bring their families

Refugees who enter the European Union alone as minors can apply to be reunited with their families, even if they reach legal adulthood before the end of the process, the EU's top court ruled today (12 April).
Global Europe 22-12-2016

Report: Lack of EU coordination puts lone migrant children at serious risk

Children who flee to Europe from war-torn regions without their parents have no clear way of escaping abusive or exploitative adults as there are no unified policies in place to protect them, a European Union agency said yesterday (21 December).

Afghan asylum-seeker arrested over murder of EU official’s daughter in Germany

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said. The victim is reportedly the daughter of a EU Commission official.

New deaths put Italy on track for sombre migrant records

Italy's coastguard said yesterday (24 October) that another 16 people had died during operations in which 2,200 migrants were rescued off Libya, propelling both deaths at sea and the numbers arriving in Italy towards new highs.

Greece plans new refugee facilities to cut overcrowding on islands

Greece plans to reduce overcrowding at migrant camps on its islands, a government official said yesterday (17 August), to ease growing tensions and improve conditions that campaigners have called "disgraceful".
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Germany axe attack points at problem with unaccompanied minors

German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee yesterday (18 July) after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.

Afghan boys behind huge increase in unaccompanied minor migrants to EU

The large number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe can be explained by Afghan families sending their children hoping they will get refugee status easier, and then seek reunification with the rest of the family, according to a new report by the EU asylum office.

EU proposes Minority Report-style facial recognition for refugees

In its attempts to bring the refugee crisis to heel, the European Commission wants to expand its fingerprint database, introduce facial recognition software, store the information for even longer than before and include minors in the process. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

Nearly 90,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in EU in 2015

Some 88,300 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the European Union in 2015, 13% of them children younger than 14, crossing continents without their parents to seek a place of safety, EU data showed on Monday (2 May).
Global Europe 15-02-2016

Refugee children need our protection

With more and more unaccompanied minors arriving at our borders, Europe needs to do more to ensure their safety and to give them hope for a better future, writes Věra Jourová.
Development Policy 17-10-2014

Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.