No Longer Alone: Advancing Reception Standards for Unaccompanied Children (NLA)


The project achieved its objectives of creating a space for discussion and information sharing amongst different stakeholders, both at the national and local level. This was done through organising five study visits for European state officials, decision-makers and other experts involved in the protection and integration of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers and refugees. Another objective was to develop common findings and recommendations by collecting feedback from the participants in order to provide national policy makers with a set of suggestions to further improve particular systems.

Besides, each case study report was part of a series of in-depth reports into five reception models/practices and a range of policy areas relating to the reception, protection and integration of unaccompanied children in different countries.

The project also contributed to the sharing of knowledge, through Policy Roundtable “The Reception of Unaccompanied Minors: Key Challenges and Solutions” that took place on 6 June 2016 in Brussels.

Detailed study visit reports and case studies are available for each of the models above.

The project was carried out from December 2014 to July 2016. It was managed by ECRE, in partnership with Nidos in the Netherlands, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Save the Children Sweden, the Scottish Refugee Council in cooperation with the Scottish Government, and France terre d’asile in cooperation with the Directorate for Juvenile Justice Protection of the French Ministry of Justice and the Groupement d’intérêt public ‘Justice Coopération International’ (GIP JCI).