Hungary: Child rights experts visit migrant transit zones

Children’s rights will conclude later today a three-day visit to Hungary to evaluate risks of sexual abuse and exploitation faced by migrant children placed in transit zones.

Hungarian authorities invited Lanzarote Committee Chair Claude Janizzi and representatives of the committee to visit Hungary, following a letter that Janizzi had sent to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in March, in which he expressed concerns that a new Hungarian law – “On the amendment of certain acts related to increasing the strictness of procedures carried out in the areas of border management” – could increase the risks of sexual abuse of migrant children.

The Hungarian government in its reply stated that the new rules were applied only during a crisis situation, and that unaccompanied migrant children aged 14-18 placed in transit zones were provided with legal guardians, who are trained and experienced in child protection, victim protection and guardianship.

According to the government, these children also receive three meals a day, health care, clothes, education and can practice freely their religion. Social workers are present in the transit zones and unaccompanied children in the transit zones are placed separately from adults.


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