Attention of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Meeting – to the Issues of Children in Migration

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2017 06 09

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8–9 June Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas participates in the European Union (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg.

In a joint Justice and Home Affairs ministerial meeting, ministers discussed the children in migration protection issues – measures to be taken by the EU and its Member States in order to ensure better protection of children at all stages of the migration process were discussed.

"One third of migrants arriving in the EU is a child, most of them are unaccompanied minors. This is a particularly vulnerable group of persons for protection of which comprehensive measures should be applied – both ensuring the protection of the rights of the child and helping to prevent threats related to the exploitation of children for criminal purposes," - Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas said.
Minister of the Interior also noted that Member States' practices and challenges in this area are different. "Lithuania has not confronted this challenge yet. In 2016, in our country 22 children migrants were identified, of which only 2 have submitted applications for asylum. This year, 3 children migrants have been identified, and neither of them applied for international protection ", - said E. Misiūnas.

The ministers participating in the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, also discuss how to effectively improve available information systems, in particular - the Schengen Information System, as well as anti-terrorism measures, return policy implementation. The meeting also discussed the overall situation of migration and obligations implemented by the Member States.

This is the last meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairsministers meeting taking place during the presidency of the Republic of Malta. On 1 July 2017 the Republic of Estonia will take over the presidency of the EU Council.

 

With the Latvian and Estonian Ministers of the Interior