On Monday, January 30, together with the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association and the Dutch Council for Refugees, we organised a conference “Halfway – reception and return of unaccompanied migrant minors” at the Zira Hotel in Belgrade. The intention of the conference was to enable discussion on two aspects of the protection of unaccompanied migrant minors in Serbia and Macedonia.
The opening panel dealt with the models of care for unaccompanied migrant minors, with special emphasis on the role of guardians, the institution of foster care, the best interest of the child and accessible services in accommodation centres.
The second panel focused on return standards of unaccompanied migrant minors and proposals for improving the existing practices and regulatory frameworks.
The conference is part of the project implemented with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade. Publications developed during the project were presented at the event: Manual on the Effective Protection of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Migrant Children Separated from Parents or Guardians in Serbia and Macedonia and Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Minors in the Return Process.
Project: Towards the real protection for unaccompanied and separated child migrants (PROCHILD)
Objective: To provide piloting of accessible and effective protection of the unaccompanied and separated child migrants, improve awareness about scope and complexity of the issue, enhance capacities of civil society organizations and local institutions and produce positive changes in relevant legislation and policies.
Implementers: Group 484 (Centre for Migration)
Support: Royal Netherlands Embassy in Serbia