Relocation of Unaccompanied Children from the Greek Islands:
Experiences, Guidance, Tools for Best Practice

Hosted by Child Circle, Missing Children Europe, Oxfam and Refugee Rights Europe

29th April 2020


Monica Gutierrez Arques, EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Andromachi Lazaridi, IOM Greece

Karen Mets, Save the Children Europe

Kelly Namia, IOM Greece

Rebecca O’Donnell, Child Circle

Spyros-Vlad Oikonomou, Greek Council For Refugees

Bernward Ostrop, Caritas Germany

Stephanie Pope, Refugee Rights Europe

Martin Schieffer, DG Home, European Commission

Ana Marija Soric, Caritas Luxembourg

Federica Toscano, Missing Children Europe

Theodora Tsovili, UNHCR Greece, Protection Associate


Within the framework of the joint NGO Campaign on Relocation of Unaccompanied Children from the Greek Islands to EU Member States, Child Circle, Missing Children Europe, Oxfam and Refugee Rights Europe organised a webinar on relocation on 29th April 2020.

The webinar had roughly 190 participants including NGOs and civil society, Members of the European Parliament, Member State Representatives and members of European national governments, as well as UN and EU agencies.

The webinar provided a platform for refugee-, human- and child’s rights experts to share experiences to date, highlight guidance and best practice tools as well as key recommendations for the range of actors involved in relocation. Interventions focused on the current relocation scheme from the Greek islands, exploring the situation in the countries of departure and arrival, as well as the role of the EU in these processes. In light of the imminent publication of the New Pact on Asylum and Migration, we also explored what lessons can be learned for potential future relocation mechanisms in Europe.

For more information, see below the presentation that accompanied the webinar, a full recording of the webinar, as well as further resources.

* Please note that due to technical reasons the first 5 minutes of the webinar (introduction by Refugee Rights Europe & first intervention by Greek Council for Refugees) were not recorded. Please see the presentation for further detail on those sections.

Speakers Presentations

Presentation in Powerpoint
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Presentation in PDF
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Further Resources

Report: Minimum Child Protection Standards (UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF)
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Report: Keeping the Child's Best Interests at the Heart of Relocation (Child Circle, Missing Children Europe)
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Report: Relocation of Unaccompanied Children: Applying Good Practices to Future Schemes (EU Fundamental Rights Agency).
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Report: Rethinking Care: Improving Support for Unaccompanied Migrant, Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Children (Lumos Foundation)
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Questions & Answers

To be uploaded later this week

This webinar was co-organised by: