Council of Europe issues child migrant action plan19/05/17Defence
47 European states have agreed an action plan on protecting children in migration at the 127th session of the Committee of Ministers in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The report focuses in particular on unaccompanied children, and proposes measures to ensure access to rights and child-friendly procedures, providing protection for child migrants, and enhancing processes which help children who will remain in Europe to integrate effectively. In addition, the report offers concrete support to member states at all stages of the migration process.
Council of Europe secretary general Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the agreement: “Today, the Council of Europe has agreed on concrete action on protecting refugee and migrant children fleeing war, violence and persecution. We must prevent children from falling victims to violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking: this is a moral imperative.”
Different sectors of the council, including those dealing with children’s rights, education, sports, youth participation and the media, will contribute towards implementing the plan, which will also take into account collaboration with the European Union and other key partners.