How to acknowledge the opinion of the unaccompanied minor migrants when there are not enough translators? How to help a traumatised child in transit, and not to do more damage? How to assess in a short time whether an adult travelling with the child is benevolent? – These are just some of the complex questions that are open during the exchange of experiences of representatives of public authorities and civil society organisations at the round tables “Support to Unaccompanied Migrant Minors”, which took place in Belgrade, Nis and Subotica during May.
Although the answers were not simple, the participants expressed their willingness to speak openly about the problems. They also agreed on the fact that the improvement of infrastructure capacities of centres for accommodation of unaccompanied migrant minors had to be followed by an increase in the number of professional staff, that the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders had to be more precise, and that civil society organisations could take a significant role in supporting the protection system and taking care for unaccompanied migrant minors.
The round tables were implemented by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social and Veterans’ Affairs, in cooperation with Group 484.