20 June, 2014

Turning 18 is not always a reason for celebration

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Category: Asylum seekers, European Action Day, Uncategorized, UNHCR
Ruxandra Pandea
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Unaccompanied and separated asylum seekers and refugee children find little reason to celebrate reach of majority. If for most young people, the ‘coming out of age’ equal with full enjoyment of their rights, for the young refugees and asylum seekers this means that they might loose all the support they have benefited from until that age. They benefit from specific support under the international human rights law (notably the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and the refugee law.

The Council of Europe Youth Department and the United Nations Refugee Agency have a strong history of working on this topic, little tackled by the international law and policy. In 2013, a hearing was organised in Budapest to better understand the needs and challenges faced in the transition to adulthood, and it was followed up with a broader research on the situation of these children. You can read the full research here.

The Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called in for a resolution on the establishment of a transition period between 18-25 years old and specific measures to support the young refugees and asylum seekers. You can find out more in this infogram about the proposed measures.

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