Evidence given to House of Lords EU Sub-Committee

Evidence given to House of Lords EU Sub-Committee

On Wednesday 23rd March Professor Heaven Crawley was one of three academics invited to give evidence as part of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee inquiry into Unaccompanied Children in Europe. Speaking alongside Dr Ciara Smyth (Lecturer Above The Bar, NUI Galway) and Professor Ravi KS Kohli (University Bedfordshire), Heaven drew on the findings of the MEDMIG research and her fieldwork on the Greek island of Lesvos to talk about the information currently available on the experiences and needs of accompanied children entering and moving through the EU, the difficulties children face in accessing protection and having their claims for protection properly heard and the need for guardians to support children in navigating the asylum process. She also commented on recent developments in Greece where those arriving are now being detained as a result of the EU-Turkey deal.

The session was televised and can be seen here. More information about the inquiry can be found here.