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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Parliament calls for EU guidelines to protect unaccompanied minors

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 settembre 2013

Collectively, the EU is the largest contributo...

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The European Commission should propose strategic guidelines for dealing with unaccompanied minors arriving in the EU, to ensure their full protection until a durable solution has been found for them, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs stress that no child may be denied access to the EU territory, deplore the use of “unsuitable and intrusive” techniques for age assessment and call on member states to appoint a guardian for each child entering the EU alone.The common strategic guidelines on unaccompanied minors would cover issues such as the procedures needed to guarantee the child’s rights and the cooperation between the EU and the countries of origin to combat trafficking and irregular immigration and restore family ties.
“Unaccompanied minors’ rights are not always respected in EU member states, too often they are dealt with as adult irregular migrants and their vulnerabilities, specific needs and rights are not taken into account”, said rapporteur Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) during the plenary debate. “Most of them are fleeing their countries to escape from war, violence, prosecution, poverty and natural disasters. They may also be victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. These children by nature are vulnerable and it is our duty to do more for them”, she added.

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