Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children: Child Protection is a Children Right

    Workshop Session 3
    October 7, 14:30 – 16:00, Venue: Umweltforum/Seminar 10
    Language: German or English


    Maria-Nieves Alvarez, Project Manager, Head of Program “Realizing Children and Youth Rights in Development Cooperation”

    Andrea Kramer, Senior Planning Officer “Democracy and the Rule of Law”


    Katrin Kinzelbach, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

    Julian Lehmann, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

    Markus Reisle, Head Global Program Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

    Telse Badil, GIZ, Burkina Faso

    Jörg Wasnick, Team Leader, Construction Division (GIZ), Northern Iraq

    Susanne Hassel, University of Marburg

    Half of the world’s refugees are children and adolescents. They are hardest hit by the consequences of flight and expulsion; e.g. by large psychosomatic stress or lost education options, which in turn massively affect the personal development perspectives in a negative sense.

    Migrating and refugee children, especially when unaccompanied, are often exposed to the worst forms of violence. Many risks overlap with existing protection gaps, which refugee children face. It is in this context therefore that international organizations such as UNICEF, speak of “lost generations”.

    Despite the generally recognized child protection issues in the context of flight and migration, there is only a limited number of measures that are aimed at effectively and durably protecting affected children from violence and exploitation. An improvement of refugee protection, which will also address the special needs and perspectives of children and youth, thus seems urgently needed.

    Awareness raising and exchange of views on children’s rights in the context of flight and migration.

    Key questions

    What are the gaps in protection, the weaknesses and potential improvements in the area of flight and for particularly vulnerable refugee groups such as children and youth?

    What are successful (regional) strategies to promote children rights during war and disasters situations?

    How to strengthen the establishment of regimes of the global South-North migration, which are in line with children rights?

    In what ways can the German development cooperation contribute to improving the situation of migrant and refugee children?

    Children rights are human rights and a key topic of the sector days. International and regional conventions of the right of children represent a guiding normative framework for global governance which has to be translated into local contexts.

    Content and results of the discussion will be documented in order to support the plan of action-process by BMZ and the internal knowledge management.

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