The European Parliament puts an end to migrant children’s detention

Migration crisis: beyond Europe © European ParliamentIn an historical vote on the 'Reception Conditions' Directive, MEPs from the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted with a strong majority in favour of banning detention for children refugees and migrants in the EU.

Recognising that detention of children is never in the child best interest, the resolution is the result of the tireless work of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights as well as UNICEF and other child-focused organisations and NGOs. 

This vote marks a milestone in the European Parliament and constitutes a step forward to review current legislation which still allows detention of migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, in exceptional cases.

I have visited refugee camps and reception centres in France and Germany and witnessed first end the sometimes-unacceptable conditions children migrants are living in, whilst also observing best practices when relevant. Today’s vote gives a strong message to all Member States: they must take their responsibility and protect migrant children.

As a founding member of the Intergroup on Children's Rights, I will continue, together with my colleagues across the political spectrum, to be committed to ensure that the ban to detain migrant children will be part of the final text of the Directive after the negotiations with the Council.” says Julie.


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