Madrid Declaration about unaccompanied minors

Madrid Declaration, November 20th 2015

AIEJI – the international association of social educators

November the 20th 2015, on the 26th anniversary of The UN convention on the rights of the child, AIEJI calls on governments and decision makers to be aware of § 22 stating that a child who is seeking refugee status or who is considered a refugee shall receive appropriate protection and humanitarian assistance. The states shall in cooperation with international organizations assist an unaccompanied child in being reunited with his or her parents. Social educators working with these children and young people should be given the possibility to implement in their daily practice the competences expressed in the AIEJI publication “Social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers” (aieji.net/publications). Social educators working with groups of children and young people who live in unsafe situations, being all alone, far away from their home countries and with no knowledge of their future. Social educators work within the framework of a system where decisions made on a juridical and governmental level have a fundamental impact on the life situations of the unaccompanied minors now and further on. To empower the children, to  give them resources to cope with the complex situations they are facing is an urgent human obligation and support integration in  host societies.

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