Webinar: How can the EU safeguard human rights of migrant children – and what scope for alternatives to detention?

On Wednesday 15th June 2022, from 11:00 to 12:15 CET, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) will hold a webinar on the need for the EU to safeguard migrant children’s human rights, and the scope for alternatives to detention foreseen in the EU Pact on Asylum and Migration.

The webinar will address the risk of lengthy systematic detention in the proposed EU Pact on Asylum and Migration, and will discuss possibilities for alternatives to detention. In its focus on migrant children’s human rights, the webinar will examine how their specific vulnerabilities can be considered and how their rights can be respected, in a context where the current EU Pact proposals may imply systematic detention of children above the age of 12.

Join the webinar on Wednesday 15th June 2022, from 11:00 to 12:15 CET, to participate in a conversation about the human rights implications and the practical challenges in relation to detention of migrant children at the border and in the asylum and border procedures.

Register before Monday 13th June 2022 to attend the webinar.

Speakers from the European Parliament, the Greek Council of Refugees, ASGI, PICUM and the ICJ, will discuss the current state of play regarding alternatives to detention in the EU Pact on Asylum and Migration, examples of treatment of vulnerable groups and border procedures in Greece and Italy, as well as the practical feasibility of alternatives to detention for children at the border.

The webinar is open to practitioners, lawyers, experts, representatives of national administrations and EU institutions, NGOs and academics. Participants will be encouraged to engage in the discussion.

Download the full agenda here.

This webinar is organized as part of the ICJ’s CADRE Project (Children’s Alternatives to Detention protecting their Rights in Europe). The CADRE Project aims to end the resort to detention of children in migration, by promoting the expansion, implementation and improvement of viable and effective alternatives to detention, in full respect of migrant children’s well-being and rights under EU and international law. The ICJ and its national and international partners (aditus (Malta), Foundation for Access to Rights (Bulgaria), Greek Council for Refugees (Greece), Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), Defence for Children International – Belgium, Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary), and the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) (Italy)) work together to train professionals working with migrant children, detention and alternatives to detention, to instill a child-rights centred approach, focusing on the best interests of the child. The training modules of the CADRE project can be accessed here.

You can find the recording of the conference here: