Supporting your advocacy
The EU can feel remote from our national policy debates on children in migration. However, both European and national NGOs can play an important role in shaping European law and policy.
Together, a wide range of organisations can work to promote change, but we need to bring together different goals and experience.
We often have different starting points in our advocacy (e.g. the law and policy on which migrants’ rights and children’s rights organisations focus on can be different). We sometimes have different expertise (e.g. youth welfare vs. expertise on the circumstances for children abroad). We sometimes have different advocacy targets (e.g. child and social ministries vs migration ministries).
The resources from the Initiative for Children in Migration are intended to help connect European and national organisations and allow us to reinforce each other’s advocacy. The resources identify what EU policies are relevant and what measures are under development. They identify the children’s rights which are central to the issues at stake. They provide recommendations for future progress.
How to use the INITIATIVE FOR CHILDREN IN MIGRATION resources
The vision statement sets out how policymakers should respond to the situation and rights of children in migration, with the aim to:
- Make our collective advocacy more effective, by asking consistently for the same things locally, nationally and at European level.
- Help us reach out to different stakeholders with different interests or backgrounds (including child rights organisations, migration organisations, youth networks, human rights organisations, social welfare organisations) to inform them of our key objectives.
Share and promote the vision statement by endorsing it, publishing it on your website or incorporating it into your documents!
The Spotlight on the EU highlights where EU actions are particularly relevant for children in migration and provides an overview of thematic areas related to children in migration.
- The Spotlight on EU connects the key issues for children in migration, EU policies and the UN clusters of rights used by Member States and NGOS in State periodic reporting on the implementation of the UN CRC to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
- It supports the rapid development of joint advocacy actions at European level. You can refer to the framework as background, when considering whether to contribute to or sign up to the ongoing joint advocacy action of Initiative For Children In Migration (if you are on the mailing list).
- It allows for periodic “state of play” on EU action (Annual Progress reports).
- It supports you in calling for better application of certain EU measures and guidance at national level. It also alerts you to changes which may affect the rights of children in migration on national level, in response to EU law or guidance.
- It helps you to draw on and hold your government accountable to their child rights obligations (the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) in your advocacy.
The Initiative explores priority issues which affect migrant children of different statuses. An advocacy module will be developed for each of these issues and will identify progress to build on and provide policy recommendations on what EU action is needed to address shortcomings. These recommendations will serve organisations at both national and EU level to make a concerted and effective call for change across Europe.
An advocacy module contains:
- a short position paper to support advocacy towards decision makers on the topic
- a webinar to discuss the recommendations with European and national organisations involved in the Initiative
- in some cases, child and youth voices will shape and be included in advocacy actions. The Initiative is engaging a few local youth groups to hear their experiences and recommendations related to some of the priorities of the Initiative. Outcomes will be included in the page for the module for your use
- Links to available data/ recent research, related policy papers and recommended practices (all collected and shared online for ease of use)
National and local organisations involved in the Initiative may be able to access some financial support for a small national advocacy action linked to the priorities of the Initiative. Watch this space for more details.