International conference on refugee children


On 12-13 June, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the NGO’s Terre des Hommes, Save the Children and the OAK foundation, organized in the city of Berlin an international conference on refugee children.

The conference was attended by Chryssa Botsi, PHILOS scienitfic supervisor, where she presented the actions implemented by the greek state to protect unaccompanied minors from violence, exploitation and human trafficking.

During the conference, it was presented, inter alia, the provision of the appropriate protection and care to refuggee chldren and its access to health and educational services, possible solutions and integration processes, as well as the tackling of the discrimination phenomenon.

They were also discussed and examined as good practices:

  • The protocol on the medical management of gender-based violence incidents and the training of the personnel employed in refugee / immigrant centers. The protocol was developed within the framework of the PHILOS programme implemented in the open refuggee camps of mainland Greece and is funded by the European Commission.
  • The creation of safe zones for unaccompanied minors by the Ministry of Μigration Policy in cooperation with NGO’s currently operating in six refugee camps and funded by EU ‘s DG ECHO.

The conclusions of the presentations, the proposed good practices and the dialogue created among the participants are expected to contribute substantialy to the UN’s Declaration on Safe and Imported Migration, which is expected to be adopted next year by the Intergovernmental Conference on large refugee and migrant flows.

The Berlin Conference is a follow-up to the New York Declaration on Refugees and Immigrants adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 (A / RES / 71/1) and foresees the development of initiatives on a global level aiming at the legal and safe migration.

Until the 73rd UN General Assembly to be held in 2018, a series of meetings are scheduled in three phases:

Phase I: Counseling until November of the current year.

Phase II: Material collection / processing until January 2018.

Phase III: Intergovernmental negotiations until July 2018.