National Activities

Part of the funding provided to support the work of the Initiative for Children in Migration was allocated to directly support some national initiatives that could not only bring important changes in the national context, but that could also contribute to the wider European advocacy and to other initiatives in countries with similar problems.

A call was opened in 2019 and Initiatives were evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Scope and reach (how many/different groups of children in migration who would be impacted by the change)
  • Urgency (a particular opportunity or threat)
  • Sustainability (links to previous, ongoing, or other planned activities)
  • Collaboration (involving partners and other stakeholders on national and local level)
  • Possible relevance for the rest of the EU will also be considered e.g. if the change in the country in question might lead to positive change in other EU countries, or limit spread of negative changes across the EU.

Five advocacy initiatives were selected:

  1. The Association of Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Victims of Torture (BAfF e.V.) (Germany): The project focuses on improving access to psychosocial counselling and psychological treatment for minor asylum-seekers in the context of the so-called Anker-centres, housing situations also called “transfer centres” where freedom of movement is limited and that are not child-friendly and do not respect their needs.
  2. Defence for Children International - Belgium: This project aims to advocate for the improvement and adaptation of the administrative justice dealing with migrant children in Belgium and the competences of professionals working in that field, starting from a research including the voice of the children.
  3. Terre des Hommes Greece: an advocacy initiative using offline and online communication resources to address the issue of children in migration without access rights such as access to safe shelter, access to healthcare, education, asylum procedure, family reunification. The concept involves a series of questions that hold accountable –not for answers, but for actions- some senior members of national authorities in Europe and invites them to adopt a responsibility sharing mechanism.
  4. Terre des Hommes Romania: The aim of the “Safe, not detained” advocacy initiative is to limit the detention of accompanied and unaccompanied migrant children in Romania (either failed asylum seekers or arriving at the borders) by promoting accessible and safe alternatives to the detention of migrant children already available in national legislation.
  5. Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) (UK): The action focuses on procedural rights and durable solutions for migrant children from outside of the EU, including following Brexit.

These activities will run in the next months - Check this page regularly to read about the results.