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
- Dr Ciara Smyth, Lecturer Above The Bar, NUI Galway
- Prof Ravi KS Kohli, University Bedfordshire
- Prof Heaven Crawley, University of Coventry
- Ms Judith Dennis, Policy Manager, Refugee Council
- Ms Kirsty McNeill, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns, Save the Children
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?