In April 2024, the European Union Asylum Agency (EUAA) and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published a set of practical tools for guardians whose minors are engaged into an asylum procedure.

According to the executive summary provided by the document, the report is intended to support guardians assigned to children in the asylum procedure, and covers the technical aspects of the legal procedures related to the cross-border movement of unaccompanied children. In particular, it aims to support guardians assigned to children in the Dublin procedure (Regulation (EU) No 604/2013) as well as in the relocation, resettlement, and family reunification procedure (Directive 2003/86/EC)

The document is part of a series developed jointly by the two EU agencies discussing various issues of key importance for the rights of unaccompanied minors in light of the contemporary challenges and crisis, alike temporary protection for unaccompanied children fleeing Ukraine, an introduction to rules and procedures of international protection, the functioning of the regular asylum procedure and transnational procedures in the framework of international protection.

While the document is an extremely useful tool and it represents an unmissable reading for lawyers, judges and social services working with unaccompanied minors, at a first glance it does not seems to cover the EU reform of asylum. Thus it will need to be updated before the expiry of the transition period (that will be in any case not earlier than the conclusion of the EU legislative process).

The document can be downloaded and consulted from the website of the EUAA and from the website of the FRA.

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