Euroopan Migration Network

National Seminar

The integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors

11th of October 2018

Hotel Presidentti

Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4

00100 Helsinki



(possible changes)

Seminar languages: Finnish and English (Interpretation is provided from Finnish to English

                              and English to Finnish)


08:15 - 09:00                Registration and refreshments


09:00 - 09:15                Welcome: Ms. Kielo Brewis, PhD, National Coordinator,

                                     European Migration Network National Contact Point

                                     Opening of the seminar: Ms. Sonja Hämäläinen, Director of Immigration,

                                     Ministry for Employment and the Economy


09:15 - 09:45                EMN Study: Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following

                                     Status Determination in the EU plus Norway

                                     Ms. Norma Rose, EMN Sercive Provider, ICF



09:45 - 10:15                UAMs - Alternatives to Detention and Return, A Practitioner's Approach

                                     Mr. Mikko Hakkarainen, Policy Officer, Irregular Migration,

                                     European Commission



10:15 - 10:45                Good practices to improve the protection of children from going missing

                                     and the related risks

                                     Ms. Federica Toscano, Head of Programme, Children in Migration,

                                     Missing Children Europe

10:45 - 11:15                Observations on the possibilities of integration and inclusion

                                     Mr. Tuomas Kurttila, Ombudsman for Children

11:15 - 11:30                Discussion on the topics               


11:30 - 12:30              LUNCH


12:30 - 13:00               The significance of separation experiences for the psychological development of

                                    children and adolescents

                                    Mr. Jari Sinkkonen, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Child Psychiatry


13:00 - 13:30              "Kukaan ei kirjoittanut mun sydämeen.." – observations from the field:

                                   experiences by SOS-Villages on integration, care

                                   and inclusion of unaccompanied minors

                                   Mr. Mikko Ylisuvanto, Service Director, integration work, SOS-Lapsikylä


13:30 - 14:00              Housing solutions and social support in the integration of unaccompanied minors

                                   Ms. Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto, Academy Research Fellow, TRUST

14:00 - 14:30              Coffee break

14:30 - 16:00              Panel discussion:

                                   Unaccompanied minors: how to become a part of Finnish society?

                                   Moderators:  Ms. Johanna Väänänen and Ms. Jutta Saastamoinen,

                                   EMN Contact Point Finland




                             - Mr. Ahmad Hosseini          Refugee man of the year

                             - Ms. Elina Turjanmaa         Researcher, Migration Institute of Finland

                             - Ms. Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto   Academy Research Fellow, TRUST

                             - Mr. Mikko Ylisuvanto         Service Director, integration work, SOS-Lapsikylä

                             - Ms. Anna Bruun                Negotiating official, Ministry for Employment

                                                                      and the Economy

16:00 - 16:15               Closing words