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With more than 90 participants from 18 countries already signed up, the event promises to be a unique opportunity to share insights on migrant children and young people’s inclusion in local communities across Europe.

Given the interest in the seminar and the compelling theme, the European Social Network is opening the registration to any individuals and organisations who have an interest and expertise on the topic. For those wishing to register, please fill out this form where you also will find more info. The deadline for registration is 8 October.

The programme

Based on a questionnaire that was conducted earlier in 2017, ESN collected data and examples of how local public social services are supporting the inclusion and transition to adulthood of unaccompanied children and migrant young people in countries across Europe.

On top of local practices, EU and international initiatives and policy frameworks will be presented to offer a broader view of the international instruments that have been developed to support unaccompanied children and migrant young people.  

International organisations confirmed so far are the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the OECD, the WHO and Unicef.

The Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, as well as other representatives of national authorities, local authorities, NGOs and the media, will also be part of the debate.

ESN is particularly interested in having at the seminar people with direct experience of migration themselves and will fund their participation. If you are, or know who might be interested, you can find more information on our ESN website.

More information on the programme and the speakers can be found on this page.

ESN work on unaccompanied children

ESN has been working on unaccompanied children and young people since 2005, when a first report was published on the theme of the social inclusion of young asylum seekers and immigrants. Some of the issues highlighted in the report are still of relevance today, and even more so given the exceptional number of unaccompanied children and young people reaching EU countries since 2015. Therefore, ESN published a second report in 2016 analysing the impact of the refugee crisis on local public social services in Europe and addressed the support for unaccompanied children at the launch of our publication “Investing in children’s services: improving outcomes”.

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