Kris Pollet: “The situation of unaccompanied minors in Europe is dire”

On World Refugee Day, Kris Pollet, the European Council On Refugees and Exiles’ senior legal and policy officer, outlines his concerns for unaccompanied minors detained in Europe.

“The situation of unaccompanied minors in Europe is dire,” the ECRE expert (photo) says in this podcast interview. Pollet is particularly concerned that “hundreds, if not thousands of children” arrive in Europe each year only to be placed in detention centres whilst their asylum applications are processed.

“Because of their age, unaccompanied children are extremely vulnerable,” he adds. “They can be subject to violence in those centres.

“It is possible not to detain them but there has to be political will not to do it. Detention is much more expensive than setting up alternative systems.”

Pollet is part of ja group of experts gathered at the Council of Europe to discuss models of best practice and legal standards related to the treatment of unaccompanied and separated minors arriving in Europe.

Interview with Kris Pollet – Part 1

Interview with Kris Pollet – Part 2

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