Publication launch: Children First and Foremost

Keywords: Children

Children First and Foremost

A guide to realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation


This publication is the result of the “Building Strategies to Improve the Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe” project, which aimed to spread understanding of the challenges children in an irregular migration situation face in accessing their fundamental rights to education, healthcare and housing in Europe, and to share and develop good practices and strategies to overcome these barriers.

Despite legal entitlements to primary and secondary education, health care, and housing,children in an irregular migration situation face numerous barriers to exercising these rights in most European countries. They face high risks of poverty, exploitation, social exclusion, and violence. This project aims to spread understanding of these challenges, and to develop strategies to overcome them.

The guide was developed on information collected through seven national workshops across Europe (Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Poland and the UK) involving advocates, public officials, and social service providers were held in seven representative Member States.

The toolkit is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.
Le guide est disponible en français, anglais et espagnol.
La guía es disponible en español, inglés y francés.

The publication was presented at a final
EU-level conference on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Please click here to view the press release in English, français, español, Italiano and Duits.


PICUM is available for interviews or to provide further information on this report.

Please contact: 
Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber
Communications Officer
+32 2 210 1780

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