Enduring Solutions in the Midst of “Crisis”: Refugee Children in Europe

  • Anhared Price


This chapter explores the extent to which European policy and legal responses to the contemporary refugee “crisis” and national social protection systems are protecting refugee children and ensuring access to durable solutions in their best interests. It charts the journey of refugee children into and across Europe, and in doing so, identifies the myriad of risks to their protection and well-being, with a view to providing analysis of these grounded in child rights. The extent to which the European-level response adequately protects children is addressed subsequently. Finally, durable solutions for refugee children caught in the midst of this contemporary crisis are described. It is submitted that measures taken at the national and European levels may not adequately address the protection, rights, and well-being of those refugee children mixed into the varied phases of the “crisis” in Europe and ensure that such children achieve durable solutions in line with their best interests. Member states and European Union bodies must work towards upholding the rights of refugee children, provide meaningful access to strengthened national child protection systems, and ensure the realization of durable solutions.


European Union Member State Destination Country Refugee Child Syrian Refugee 
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  • Anhared Price
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  1. 1.Independent ConsultantGenevaSwitzerland

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