EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including, among others, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children and UNICEF said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
We are deeply concerned that failure to prioritise the protection of children is putting more children at risk. Too little has been done to address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of children.
The EU and member states can do a lot more to protect children and address their particular needs and vulnerabilities.
The 78 partner organisations identify 7 priority actions to protect refugee and migrant children today and prepare them for the future. These actions include the urgent adoption of an EU Action Plan on children in migration, strengthened safeguards for children in the asylum legislation, increased funding for national child protection systems and building mechanisms to protect children across borders.
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