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Unaccompanied minor refugees

The situation of children who have been brought to Europe by people smugglers is particularly dramatic. During their journey, they are often separated from their families by the smugglers in sometimes dramatic conditions and are then left to fend for themselves. While some children manage to get to Europe directly, others spend years in Iran or Pakistan.

The serious increase in search requests from and for unaccompanied minor refugees poses particular challenges to the GRC Tracing Service. The close links between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies is indispensable to Tracing Service activities. Often refugees don’t know where their relatives are in Europe so numerous requests must be directed to several different Red Cross societies. To facilitate searching within the EU, the European Red Cross societies have launched a joint search database, which can be accessed by all Red Cross Tracing Services across Europe.

Since 1st January 2014, the new Dublin-III-Regulation grants unaccompanied minor refugee asylum applicants the right to the restore family links with parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents, if these relatives live in an EU member state. In order to implement this law, member states are obliged, as soon as an asylum application has been made, to immediately take the appropriate steps to conduct a search for family members, if their place of residence is unknown. Furthermore, access to the tracing services of the relevant international organisations should be facilitated. In this connection, the Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are explicitly mentioned in the Implementing Regulation of the Dublin-III-Regulation.

The Tracing Service Head Office has compiled a position paper that makes recommendations on the search for the family members of unaccompanied minor refugees under the Dublin-III-Regulation; the best interest of unaccompanied minor refugees is the main point of focus. At the same time, the position paper advises on the principles of the Tracing Service regarding unaccompanied minor refugees and also on how the GRC Tracing Service proceeds with search requests that might arise from the new Dublin-III-Regulation.

You can download the position paper here.

A flyer for unaccompanied minor refugees explains to children and teenagers what the GRC Tracing Service can do for them, particularly with regards to searching for relatives as part of an asylum procedure in Europe. You can find the flyer here in 8 languages (so far).