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Academics and NGOs give evidence on unaccompanied minors

18 March 2016

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee continues its inquiry into unaccompanied minors in the EU with a double evidence session from academics and NGOs on the practical, legal and social challenges facing unaccompanied minors in the EU.


Wednesday 23 March, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Dr Ciara Smyth, Lecturer Above The Bar, NUI Galway
  • Prof Ravi KS Kohli, University Bedfordshire
  • Prof Heaven Crawley, University of Coventry

At 11.30am

  • Ms Judith Dennis, Policy Manager, Refugee Council
  • Ms Kirsty McNeill, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns, Save the Children

Possible questions

The Committee will explore a number of issues with the academics, including:

  • Whether knowledge gained through EU-funded research is being used to its full advantage.
  • Whether there should be another EU Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors and, if so, the focus, content and purpose of the Plan.
  • The implications of Member States' failure to fully implement EU asylum law for unaccompanied minors.

The Committee may ask NGOs about:

  • The role of civil society in addressing the needs of unaccompanied minors.
  • How the refugee crisis has affected unaccompanied minors in the EU.
  • What happens when unaccompanied minors disappear from care in the UK?

Further Information

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