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Support for authorities working on asylum cases for unaccompanied minors

By bringing together everyone involved in the asylum process, the project developed evaluation methods for trials involving unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

Project dates 01/01/2011 - 29/02/2012
Total budget€157 727
EU contribution48%
Name of the entity managing the projectUNHCR office, Austria

Project Description

Addressing the legal process experienced by unaccompanied minors claiming asylum in Austria, the project sought to improve the system for all involved.

New evaluation methods were developed for different stages in the proceedings. These were drawn up in collaboration with the federal office for asylum, and following an information exchange on best practices with other EU countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany.

The project team observed 14 asylum-related initial interviews and 33 hearings, and also spoke to 69 unaccompanied minors regarding their experiences of the asylum process. Some 36 people working in the asylum field also received training as part of the project.

Benefits and results

In addition to the evaluation methods to be used during legal proceedings for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, the project also produced input for internal guidelines on how to work with these children.

While young asylum seekers will clearly benefit from the project results, those working for the asylum authorities have also gained from the findings and training.

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