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The way forward to strengthened policies and practices for unaccompanied and separated children in Europe

This paper captures concrete recommendations for efficient, lean, and harmonised processes which ensure children are protected and can access procedures and solutions in accordance with their best interests. It is a result of a consultative process carried out by UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC with around 100 practitioners from nearly all European countries, a roundtable with nine European states, consultation with European Union (EU) level actors, and individual or group discussions with over 50 unaccompanied and separated children living in Europe.