In 2018, the Asylum Service registered 2,639 international protection applications submitted by unaccompanied minors, while in the first four months of 2019 the corresponding number was 893. These children, who often leave their countries of origin due to conflicts and generalized violence, constitute a highly vulnerable group for which all Member States of the European Union must show particular care, in accordance with their international obligations deriving from the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Our primary concern is to safeguard the right of unaccompanied minors to reliable and immediate information, the lack of which may lead to a limitation of children’s rights, such as the right to family unity.
In this direction and on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, the Asylum Service today publishes a series of videos based on its informative leaflet for unaccompanied minors in animated form. For the production of these videos in six languages, our Office worked closely with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), whom we thank for the funding of the project.
The choice of animation and its posting on the Internet aspire to make information immediate and children-friendly, with the ultimate aim to better protect the interests of unaccompanied minors. Videos are available on the Asylum Service YouTube Channel at the following link: