EMN Ireland Conference: Looking to the future for unaccompanied minors in Ireland and Europe

December 4, 2018 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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
9:30 Welcome Address

Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI

9:40 Keynote

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
12:45 Lunch


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
14:50 Closing Remarks

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.

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