Since 2015, the arrival of migrants reaching European countries has hit unprecedented numbers and this has been particularly dramatic for children. Countries are now facing many challenges in providing for these children, but are also facing many opportunities to help them develop in society. When it comes to unaccompanied children, social services have a duty to guaranteeing their protection and development through ensuring access to mainstream care, education, housing and health, as well as programmes guaranteeing their long-term social inclusion.
This event comes after a questionnaire was conducted in early 2017, which asked ESN members how they are working with these children to guarantee their inclusion. The aim of the seminar is to explore, in detail, the number of issues that ESN members highlighted on social inclusion and the transition to adulthood for the many unaccompanied children and young migrants in Europe.
Organised in cooperation with ESN’s Swedish member, the National Board of Health and Welfare, this event will give participants the opportunity to discuss with European and international policy-makers the key issues that local social services are facing. We will cover the following issues:
- Major issues for unaccompanied children in the care and protection services
- Social services for families’ social inclusion
- Employment and social inclusion support for young refugee migrants after leaving public care
Registration closed the 3rd October. If you have registered after that date, you will have been added in a waiting list and in case places will become available ESN will contact you.
Please do not hesitate to contact Valentina Guerra if you have any questions.
Åsa Regnér, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
Åsa has been in office since 2014 and one of her primary commitments is to strengthen children’s rights, stating that: “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will become Swedish law”. Between 2013 and 2014 she was country director for UN Women in Bolivia and from 2007 to 2012 she was secretary-general of RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sex Education). She has a long-standing career at ministerial level, having covered various roles as a director, political and strategic adviser.
Francesc Iglesies i Riumalló, Secretary for Social Affairs and Families, Regional Government of Catalonia, Spain
Francesc has a degree in Economics and Business and PhD studies on Economic Theory at the University of Barcelona. At the latter, he taught Applied Economy and Social Economy. He has also been professor of Sociology, Labour and Business at the University of Vic, in Catalonia. He has held various senior positions in an advisory role for public bodies and institutions, including the Parliament of Catalonia.
Emily Farchy, Economist, OECD
Emily is an economist working in the International Migration Division of the OECD where her work is primarily focused on the labour market integration of migrants and their children. Emily has worked as part of the OECD Skills Strategy Team and on urban and regional labour markets. Prior to joining the OECD, Emily worked as an economist with the World Bank where, in addition to research in the Office of the Chief Economist, she worked on social protection and school to work transitions in East Asia.
You can find the full list of speakers here.
You can find the full delegate pack here.
|Monday, 23rd October|
|8:30||Registration of delegates|
|9:00 - 9:45||Welcome and setting the scene|
|9:45 - 11:00||Session 1: International organisations overview on reception and support of migrant children and young people|
|11:00 - 11:30||Coffee break|
|11:30 - 13:00||Session 2: Unaccompanied children in the care system|
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 - 15:30||Session 3: Strengthening the integration of migrant families|
|15:30 - 16:00||Coffee Break|
|16:00 - 17:30||Session 4: The transition to adulthood of unaccompanied children|
|19:30||Reception and dinner hosted by the City of Stockholm|
|Tuesday, 24th October|
|9:00 - 10:15||Introduction|
|10:15 - 11:00||Coffee break|
|10:15 - 11:00||Practice forum|
|11:00 - 12:00||Group discussions on migrant adolescents’ transition into adulthood|
|12:00 - 13:00||Panel discussion: Moving forward on policy and practice|
|13:00||Lunch and closure|
- Article on 'The Guardian', written by ESN Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero
- Video 'Listening to unaccompanied minors'
- Video 'Investing in children’s services: a focus on unaccompanied minors'
- European Social Network (2005) Promoting Inclusion for Unaccompanied Young Asylum Seekers and Immigrants
- Article published in The Guardian by guest speaker at the seminar, David Brindle. 'Young migrants in Ireland are treated as children, not asylum seekers.'
- Article on Linkedln by Policy Officer Valentina Guerra.
- Article written by Valentina Guerra. 'Successfully integrating young migrants when they turn 18'.
- European Social Network (2016) - The impact of the refugee crisis on local public social services in Europe
- UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC (2017) - The Way Forward to Strengthened Policies and Practices for Unaccompanied Children in Europe
- UNICEF, IOM (2017) - Harrowing Journeys. Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation