Webinar to launch the publication “Family reunification for refugee and migrant children: standards and promising practices”

On 2 July 2020, the Special Representative, Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, organised a webinar to launch the handbook “Family reunification for refugee and migrant children: standards and promising practices”. The webinar was opened by Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, and the Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, made a keynote speech. Among the speakers at the webinar, Ms Pegah Moulana, British Youth Council representative to the Advisory Council on Youth at Council of Europe, shared her own experience in going through family reunion.

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As a result of the sharp increase in the refugee and migrant population in recent years, many children and their families have experienced family separation. Member states are bound by various obligations related to family reunification, and the practical reunification of refugee and migrant children with their family members has proved complex. This handbook is a practical guide both to key legal standards and to promising practices in the field of family reunification and restoring family links.

This publication is addressed to those who design and apply laws and is conceived as a point of reference for capacity-building material, technical assistance, co-operation projects and new practices for and with relevant authorities and institutions.

The handbook contributes to achieving the objectives of the Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019).

 Family reunification for refugee and migrant children - Standards and promising practices

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