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Two members of a refugee family in Greece.

A new manual advising organisations who work with migrant children, young people, families and governments for new or improved regularisation mechanisms has been produced by the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

The ‘Manual on regularisations for children, young people and families’ outlines a range of different methodologies – from advocacy to mobilisation. It highlights the importance of building a coalition and involving children and young people in order to influence changes in policy and practice.

The manual provides information about existing regularisation mechanisms and programmes in Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and United Kingdom – including how the procedures work, how they came about and, where relevant civil society’s role and strategies used in helping bring them about. It also recommends how limitations of some regularisation mechanisms in practice can be addressed.

The manual was launched at a prominent conference on how migrant children can be assisted and supported both within and by the European Union. A shorter executive summary and key talking points that organisations can raise with the decision-makers and stakeholders determining the migration status of children and young people is also available.

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