Procedure : 2016/2954(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000126/2016

Texts tabled :

O-000126/2016 (B8-1804/2016)

Debates :

PV 26/10/2016 - 11
CRE 26/10/2016 - 11

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17 October 2016
Question for oral answer O-000126/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Gianni Pittella, Birgit Sippel, Caterina Chinnici, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Julie Ward, on behalf of the S&D Group
Sophia in 't Veld, Cecilia Wikström, Angelika Mlinar, Filiz Hyusmenova, Nathalie Griesbeck, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Morten Helveg Petersen, Urmas Paet, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Gérard Deprez, on behalf of the ALDE Group
Cornelia Ernst, Barbara Spinelli, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Malin Björk, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Dennis de Jong, Stefan Eck, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Stelios Kouloglou, Merja Kyllönen, Jiří Maštálka, Marisa Matias, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
Monika Hohlmeier, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, on behalf of the PPE Group
Jean Lambert, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara

 Subject: EU policies and actions to protect children in the context of migration
 Answer in plenary 

There are currently 65 million people around the world on the move, including large numbers of children – fleeing conflict, poverty or extreme weather phenomena and looking for a better life and a place to call home. These children are among the most vulnerable people on earth: their numbers are not likely to fall, and this is one of the greatest challenges of our age. Many are travelling with their families, many others on their own. Every one of them needs protection and is entitled to the rights guaranteed under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Migrant children, especially those without documentation, are vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and exploitation. In addition, the Commission announced in its European Agenda on Migration several strategies and approaches on which it has not delivered so far. More has to be done, mainly on the following:

1. Developing effective procedures for children: procedures need to be effective and fast, especially for children (including children in families) as they cannot change location, country or school;

2. Calling for an end to the arbitrary detention of children: procedures need to be faster and appropriate reception processes must be speeded up;

3. Fostering family reunification procedures;

4. Guardianship: delays are reported in the appointment of guardians and their ability to act effectively;

5. Ensuring access to education: migrant children have the right to exactly the same access to education as others;

6. Rendering relocation effective: by the end of September only 46 unaccompanied children were relocated;

7. Ensuring psychosocial support for victims of trauma.

In order to follow up on its commitments, will the Commission adopt a clearly defined and measurable policy framework with a view to employing a comprehensive approach to prevent violence, exploitation and abuse, strengthen protection systems for the most vulnerable (including but not limited to unaccompanied minors), and monitor discrimination in access to education, healthcare and protection for children, throughout the migration chain?

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