A new report entitled, “Let Children be Children: Lessons from the Field on the Protection and Integration of Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe”, offers 16 inspiring practices that showcases how the child protection services are responding to the needs of refugee and migrant children in Europe. The report is presented in Brussels today.
The 16 case studies feature solutions and promising examples from Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
Our programme A Safe Nest for Children in Refugee Centres represents The Netherlands. Nest is an after-school programme for children living in refugee centres in the Netherlands. It provides a safe space outside of school where children between the ages of 6 and 12 can learn, play and develop. By participating in recreational and educational activities, children expand their interests, acquire new skills, build positive relationships with other children and adults, develop resilience and learn to cope with the stress that may be caused by legal uncertainty, harsh reception conditions and social exclusion. The programme also helps children with their homework.
In 2016, approximately 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the EU Member States, 25 percent of the applications were from children. Out of these approximately 63,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum, a figure which represents a threefold increase from 2014 (23,000), but about a third less than in 2015 (95,000). (Source: Eurostat)