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Project News: ICMPD launches new initiative on the protection of migrant children in emergencies

28 March 2018


In the framework of the “Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Supporting an Evidence-Based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action” (MICIC) project, funded by the European Union, ICMPD has recently launched an innovative capacity building initiative on the protection of migrant children in emergencies.

This March, already two trainings took place. Following the first national training in cooperation with the Ministère de la Femme, de la Protection de l’Enfant et de la Solidarité of Côte d’Ivoire on 1-2 March 2018, ICMPD organised a multi-stakeholder workshop under the auspices of the Burkinabè Secrétariat Permanent du Conseil National de Secours d’Urgence et de Réhabiliation (CONASUR) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 20-22 March.

The two events involved international experts with long-standing field experience in child protection and humanitarian action and covered topics such as how to determine what is in the best interest of the migrant child in crisis situations as well as child-friendly emergency responses and post-crisis actions.

The participating national authorities who form the main target group of these trainings will now present the action plans developed at ministerial level for official approval. They will also integrate best practices discussed into their daily work, for example with regards to the registration of migrant children or the voluntary return and proper reintegration of unaccompanied minors.

In addition to Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, activities will take place in Benin, Nigeria and Togo, including at local level. Once the series of country-specific activities has been concluded, a regional round table including a study visit will be organised. This will strengthen transnational exchange and cooperation and reflects the fact that the selected states face similar challenges with regards to migration and crisis realities.

The “Migrant Children in Emergencies” initiative is aligned with key priorities both at international and European level. The Zero Draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has declared child sensitivity as one of its ten guiding principles. The European Commission has also released a communication on the protection of children in migration following growing arrivals of minors in the EU.