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The protection of refugee and migrant children is a priority for the organisation. All 47 members of the Council of Europe endorsed in 2017 the Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019). It focuses on three main objectives: access to rights, effective protection from violence and integration. More on the Action Plan


The report “Refugee and migrant children in Europe” - Progress in implementation of the Action Plan highlights concrete achievements and lessons learned in the first 16 months of the Action Plan. This mid-term review outlines ongoing activities, other related work of the Council of Europe, and  thematic co-operation with international partners.

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The Council of Europe is closely following and contributing to both the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Special Representative participated in the consultation phase in respect of both Compacts orally and in writing over the course of 2017. He has continued to engage with the process during the negotiation phase which began in early 2018 with the publication of drafts of both Compacts. The Special Representative submitted written comments on the Global Compact on Refugees in June 2018, underlining the importance of placing human rights protection at the heart of the text and the key role that the Council of Europe can play in helping European states especially achieve the objectives and actions envisaged in the Compact.   


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Supporting young refugees to access their rights

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has adopted a recommendation to support young refugees in their transition to adulthood. The recommendation is part of the Action Plan on refugee and migrant children in Europe (2017-2019).

Interview with Florian Cescon, Head of Division, Youth Policies and Janeta Hanganu, Legal Adviser from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees.

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16.10 - Intergovernmental Conference “Achieving Equal Opportunities for All Migrants Through Learning and Assessment: Language and knowledge of society requirements for migrants in Council of Europe member states"

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