What legal challenges face unaccompanied minors in the EU?
15 March 2016
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, in the first evidence session of its inquiry into unaccompanied minors in the EU, questions three legal practitioners on the legal challenges facing unaccompanied minors in the EU.
- Parliament TV: Evidence session with legal practitioners
- Inquiry: Unaccompanied minors in the EU
- EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
Wednesday 16 March in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- Kathryn Cronin, Barrister and Joint Head of Chambers, Garden Court Chambers
- Alison Harvey, Legal Director, Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
- Baljeet Sandhu, Solicitor, Islington Law Centre and Director of the Migrant & Refugee Children's Legal Unit (MiCLU)
Questions the Committee may ask the witnesses include:
- What are the key legal challenges faced by unaccompanied minors in the UK? Do these challenges differ depending on the age, gender and nationality of the minors concerned?
- What is your view of the proposed changes to the Immigration Bill, which would “age out” certain groups of unaccompanied minors upon turning 18?
- How has the refugee crisis affected unaccompanied children in the UK? Has the Government's response, in your opinion, been effective in addressing their needs?
- Is there sufficient cooperation between national bodies and individuals responsible for responding to the needs of unaccompanied minors?
- Is there a need for cross-border co-operation? Could the EU be doing more to encourage such co-operation?