Building Strategies to Protect Children in an Irregular Migration Situation in the United Kingdom

The Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and Praxis would like to invite you to participate in the “Building Strategies to Protect Children in an Irregular Migration Situation in the UK” Workshop on 6 October 2011 inLondon.

Children in an irregular migration situation are in a position of triple vulnerability: as children above all; as migrants; and finally and this unfortunately is their major vulnerability, as undocumented migrants.

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.

The goals of this workshop are for participants to build mutual understanding of the problems that children in an irregular migration situation face in accessing education, health care and housing in theUK, and collaborate to devise some concrete actions and strategies to improve on some of the challenges identified.

The workshop will bring together and benefit from the expertise of education and health care professionals, social workers, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and individual migrants concerned about children living with their families in an irregular migration situation in theUK.

 It is one in a series of seven intensive national workshops being carried out within the framework of the “Building Strategies to Improve the Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe” project; the others are being held in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.

The workshop is free of charge, but places are limited, so please confirm your participation by sending the attached registration form to Barbara Stricker (barbara.stricker@picum.org).

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