Children's Rights Alliance Welcomes Priority Given to Unaccompanied Minors in Refugee Protection Programme
The Children's Rights Alliance welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD to give special priority to the plight of unaccompanied minors within the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, says: "It is widely acknowledged that unaccompanied minors or separated children are an especially vulnerable group so we welcome that they are being given priority under this new programme of resettlement. Over the last decade, Ireland has built up significant expertise in dealing with the particular needs of separated children.
We believe that the system here has the potential to care for and protect these children as they fully deserve. An important promise has been made and what we need now is a commitment to ensure that the necessary resources are forthcoming so that these children can be fully supported after they arrive to Ireland. Action on the recommendations of the Working Group Report on Direct Provision is also vital in this regard.”
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