Slides from the event are now available below.
The report Approaches to unaccompanied minors following status determination in Ireland is now available.
This EMN Ireland conference discussed the status, care and integration of unaccompanied minors in Ireland and internationally, both those awarded protection and those transitioning to adulthood without an immigration status. The multi-disciplinary conference brought together speakers from a range of organisations. Dr Bryan McMahon, Former Chair of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers provided an opening address.
The EMN Ireland national study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in Ireland was also launched at the conference.
|9:00||Registration & Coffee|
Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI
Dr Bryan McMahon, Former Chair of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process
|Unaccompanied minors in the international context
Chair: Michele Clarke, Department of Children and Youth Affairs
|Approaches to unaccompanied minors following status determination: Ireland in an EU context
Samantha Arnold and Sarah Groarke, EMN Ireland/ESRI
|VIEW SLIDES||Promising practices for working with separated children and youth to secure comprehensive solutions
Jyothi Kanics, Faculty of Law, University of Lucerne
|VIEW SLIDES||The best interests of the child and the protection system
Maria Hennessy, UNHCR Ireland – the UN Refugee Agency
|11:00||Questions and Answers|
|11:15||Tea / Coffee Break|
|Care, aftercare and integration of unaccompanied minors
Chair: Shirley Martin, Co-Director Early Years and Childhood Studies, University College Cork
|VIEW SLIDES||Social work and aftercare services for separated children in Ireland
Barbara Monaghan and Thomas Dunning, TUSLA Social Work Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum
|VIEW SLIDES||Unaccompanied minors in Sweden
Marie Bengtsson, Swedish EMN National Contact Point, Swedish Migration Agency
|VIEW SLIDES||‘More than a new language’ – addressing the education and training needs of unaccompanied minors in Ireland
Jessica Farnan, CDETB Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants
|12:30||Questions and Answers|
|Pathways to status for unaccompanied minors
Chair: Hilkka Becker, Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal
|VIEW SLIDES||Pathways to status for unaccompanied minors
Brian Merriman, Policy Division, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
|Katie Mannion, Irish Refugee Council|
|Unaccompanied minors and international protection – Legal services provided by the Legal Aid Board
Evelyn Petoia, Legal Aid Board
|14:30||Questions and Answers|
Emma Quinn, EMN Ireland/ESRI
The programme is also available HERE for download, where you can read more about each of the speakers.
Additional information: Private access to this event is via Ormond Quay Lower through the Morrison Hotel Art Gallery entrance until 9:30 am. Access from 9:30 am through the main hotel entrance on Jervis Street.