Protecting children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe

Dom DugaveProtecting children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe project, worth EUR 830,000, was developed in cooperation with UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children to prevent violence against children and promote respect for the rights of refugee and migrant children along the migration route in EU Member States.

The project identifies activities that build on the Commission’s work over the past years on violence against children, in particular the 10 Principles for integrated child protection systems, and focus on priority protection risks for children that are currently unmet. All activities carried out by all four partners under this direct grant will be aligned with the 10 principles for integrated child protection systems (within the sphere of competence of the organisations) and adhere to the child safeguarding principles and all EU common standards, policy and legislation as set out by the EU Reference Document produced under the CONNECT project.

IOM has tailored this proposal for a simultaneous regional and national action in all European Member states along the so-called “Western Balkans route”(Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary). The present proposal shall address the above shortcomings via four pillars of action:

1) Preventing violence against children and guaranteeing  their rights along the migration route – from point of entry, in hotspots, in transit and in reception centres;

2) Strengthening integrated national child protection systems;

3) Capacity-building of national asylum / migration professionals, national and local NGOs and other frontline  responders, who are in contact with children;

4) Improving the collection of data and monitoring the condition of refugee and migrant children in the countries of concern.




Closing event of the Protecting children in the context of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe project   

On 11 April 2018 IOM Croatia held a closing event of the project Protecting children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe. With lectures starting with the presentation of the project development, continuing subsequently with the presentation of implementation of the project activities and final results, this project cycle was officially encompassed with the presentations from the Ministry of Interior and the representative from Zagreb-Dugave dormitory for children.

The event gathered most important partners and stakeholders in the area of protection of unaccompanied migrant children and emphasized the need for a child-centered and migrant children appropriate approach opening the discussion for more sustainable solutions in the future.

Training on Child protection and Special Vulnerabilities in Migration Context held in Zagreb on 10 - 12 October 2017

As the part of the Protecting Children in the Context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe project IOM  Zagreb organiized a Training on Child protection and Special Vulnerabilities in Migration Context on 10 - 12 Ocbober 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia..

Hosted by Matica hrvatska, non-profit and non-governmental Croatian national institution, the three day training course had the objective to provide social, humanitarian professionals and other general services providers working with  migrants and refugees with relevant knowledge and skills concerning general concepts and guiding principles . In particular, topics such as  children in refugee and migration crisis, unaccompanied migrant children – special risks and vulnerabilities, child protection problems and violations as well as sexual and gender based violence in migration context were presented during the training. The sessions included lectures, and role-playing examples  which enhanced the learning process of participants.




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