Children’s rights in return policy and practice in Europe
This discussion paper proposes specific considerations for Governments at this moment because of the potentially far reaching consequences that a rapid scale-up of the emerging practice may have, building on the agreements between European countries and Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, and others. The report does not oppose return per se; rather, it points to specific concerns raised by ERPUM, given that efforts relied on returning children being channelled through a secure reception facility in a highly complex and volatile environment such as in Afghanistan; given that so little is known about what happens following the children’s return and what supportive structures may be in place; given that current policies of States participating in ERPUM do not provide clear and independent monitoring after return, resulting in a lack of data and evidence based on which services could be designed or evaluated against; and given that the few available monitoring reports that do exist suggest that returned children can be highly vulnerable and experience difficulties in coping with their new situation.
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