Publication date: 26 May 2020

These studies explore the types of national protection statuses existing in Belgium and the EU, as well as their key characteristics in terms of procedures and rights.
Main theme: Regularization, Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Thematic Studies
Keywords: protection status

Publication date: 08 April 2020

The phenomenon of unaccompanied migrant children going missing has increasingly been in the focus of public attention in the EU. Several international organisations and European NGOs have raised concerns that the disappearance of unaccompanied minors is not always addressed in an effective manner. What policies and procedures are in place to register and follow up on cases of missing children, and how is data on missing children collected in EU Members States, Norway and the UK? The new Inform from the European Migration Network (EMN), in collaboration with international organisations, EU agencies and NGOs, offers a comprehensive picture of how the phenomenon is tackled currently in the EU.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: EMN inform
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 12 December 2019

The PROTECT – Preventing sexual and gender-based violence against migrants and strengthening support to victims project aims to support the coordination and/or adaptation of support services for sexual and gender-based violence victims and potential victims among refugees, migrants and asylum seekers (children and adults, including LGBTQI people). It is funded by the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: sexual and gender based violence

Publication date: 01 October 2019

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published a report on the protection of unaccompanied and separated children in Belgium. The report describes the current state of affairs and provides policy recommendations to reinforce the protection of this vulnerable category of foreign nationals.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 17 December 2018

This final report, realised by the Study and Policy Unit of the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil), describes the reception of vulnerable applicants for international protection with specific needs. It discusses how (field) staff define, identify and respond to vulnerability in practice. The objective is to develop a better understanding of the way in which Fedasil and its reception partners fulfill the requirement of Belgian and European legislation to meet the specific needs of applicants for international protection.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: reception, special needs, vulnerability

Publication date: 09 August 2018

This EMN study focuses on the approaches to Unaccompanied Minors following status determination in the EU plus Norway. The study covers the period 2014-2017, thereby following up on previous EMN research on unaccompanied minors.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Thematic Studies
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 09 August 2018

This Inform summarises the main results of the EMN study on “Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU plus Norway”.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: EMN inform
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 09 January 2018

Over a period of two years, a UNICEF Belgium team collected the testimonies of 170 migrant and refugee children from 36 nationalities in reception centres and schools. The children talk about their experiences in their country of origin and their new environment, the disaster they fled for, the trials they endured on the way, their joy and sorrow. With this report UNICEF wants to build a bridge between the words of these young people, who are very keen on participation, and policy makers who are often far removed from their reality.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 30 June 2017

24 (Member) States provided information on the volume of returned unaccompanied minors and on family tracing. This ad-hoc query was launched by the Finnish Contact Point to the EMN.

Publication date: 01 June 2017

This report aims to support practitioners in implementing relevant polices in line with applicable law by outlining available safeguards against unlawful and arbitrary detention and highlighting promising practices.

Publication date: 23 May 2017

Myria, the Belgian Federal Migration Centre, today published a paper on humanitarian visa issued by the Belgian authorities in 2016.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: humanitarian visa

Publication date: 01 May 2017

This report shows how the lack of safe and legal pathways for refugee and migrant children feeds a booming market for human smuggling and puts them at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: child protection

Publication date: 01 September 2016

This report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.
Main theme: Migration, Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: migration of children

Publication date: 28 April 2016

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’ as required in the Art 1 of EU Directive 2011/36/EU.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups, Smuggling & Trafficking
Publication Type: Study
Keywords: gender, sexual exploitation

Publication date: 09 November 2015

The report presents recommendations on how to improve identification, rehabilitation and social re/integration of war-affected asylum-seeking children.
Main theme: Asylum, Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Study
Keywords: children, psychosocial support, rehabilitation, war

Publication date: 04 June 2015

This Report presents the main findings of the 2014 EMN Study "Policies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors (UAMs)". The study aims to update the findings of the 2008-2009 EMN study on UAMs.

Publication date: 31 January 2015

This is the Belgian Contribution to the EMN focused study on policies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors. Other EMN National Contact Points (NCP’s) produced a similar report on the topic for their (Member) State.

Publication date: 14 August 2014

This Inform summarizes the main findings of the corresponding EMN study, which aimed at examining whether and how victims of trafficking are detected/identified in international protection and forced return procedures and further referred to specific procedures.

Publication date: 02 July 2014

This handbook aims to strengthen the protection of children, specifically addressing the particular needs of child victims of trafficking.

Publication date: 25 November 2013

This guide, made by women who have escaped trafficking and based on their experiences, provides information on trafficking in women and advice for potential victims and support-organisations.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups, Smuggling & Trafficking
Publication Type: Report

Publication date: 22 May 2013

This guide, which aims at realising the rights of children and families in a irregular migration situation, is the result of the "Building Strategies to Improve the Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe" project

Publication date: 22 April 2013

This publication targets policymakers and practitioners in the field of migration and child protection, along with academics and activists, and sheds light on the situation of migrant children.

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This report realized on the basis of a documentary study addresses the question of the protection of unaccompanied minors from West Africa to North Africa from a transnational point of view.
Main theme: Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Study
Keywords: unaccompanied minors

Publication date: 03 January 2013

This EMN Inform presents the main developments that took place in 2011 with regard to international protection comprising statistics, the Common European Asylum System, intra-EU Solidarity , external dimension and unaccompanied minors.

Publication date: 11 October 2012

This paper: "Women and and Girls fleeing conflict: Gender and the interpretation and application of the 1951 refugee convention" was commissioned in te context of a project on Developing Guidelines for the protection of people fleeing violence and conflict accross borders.
Main theme: International Protection, Vulnerable groups
Publication Type: Report
Keywords: conflict, gender