Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Council of Europe Conference in Malaga: unaccompanied minors' migration ? acting in the best interests of the child

Government representatives, parliamentarians, independent experts, representatives of various international institutions and NGOs will meet in Malaga (Spain), on 27-28 October, to identify ways of reinforcing the protection of migrant minors.

The participants, coming from countries of origin, transit and destination, will examine the migratory cycle of separated and unaccompanied children, with the aim of identifying ways to protect and promote their interests and to create for them the best life prospects.

The discussions will also centre on ways to improve dialogue and co-operation between countries of origin, transit and destination. The conference will be opened by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and by Consuelo Rumí, Secretary of State to Immigration and Emigration of Spain

(27 October, 9.00 am, Hotel Melia Costa del Sol, Torremolinos, Malaga). The opening session will be open to the press. The closing session (Friday 28 October, 13h15-14h00) will also be open to the press. It will be followed by a press conference.


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