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Italy adopts a new law for the reception of unaccompanied migrant children

Friday 7th of April 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On March 29, 2017, Italy voted in favour of a law that regulates the acceptance of unaccompanied migrant children on their territory. With this vote, the country considered by many migrants as the gateway to the European Union, has distinguished itself from its peers by becoming a pioneer in juvenile migration legislation.


Concretely, this new law establishes new procedures in order to identify foreign minors arriving on Italian territory, to verify their age and to organise their care under a specific institution within a maximum delay of 30 days following their arrival. 

This law, which was debated for more than three years, was adopted while migratory movements keep increasing: in 2016, 181 000 migrants reached Italy, which represents an 18% increase compared to 2015. Furthermore, among these 181 000 newcomers, 25 846 were unaccompanied minors.  

The decision of the Italian government appears to be a result of their willingness to control these massive arrivals and to provide a continuation of the non-exclusion policy introduced a few years ago for these young migrants 

The IJJO welcomes the decision made by the Italian Parliament, which will bring better initial settlement conditions for minors who migrate without their family.  


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