The Finnish EMN National Seminar on the 11th of October in Hotel Presidentti in Helsinki.
The integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors
Summary, presentations and video links
The seminar attracted 200 participants as well as over 300 views of the live video stream from the event. The title of this year's seminar was The integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors. An EMN study on this issue, comparing practices in the EU Member States, was completed during the summer of 2018. According to the Finnish national report, most unaccompanied minors arriving Finland are asylum seekers. In 2015, the number of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers was record high. Although, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving has declined since, the challenges faced in the integration and inclusion of minors are still causes for concern. The fact that many minors have been forced to move from one accommodation unit and municipality to another, has been considered to have a negative impact on both the well-being of the minors and on the progress of their integration. To a child, the most crucial factors in integration are the inclusion of the child and the permanence of their conditions.
The seminar provided interesting speeches and discussions on the integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors in Finland and Europe.