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New FRA publications on minimum age in relation to justice, asylum and migration, and digital world

Wednesday 27th of June 2018
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The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has recently published a new set of findings on differences in legal minimum ages to help the EU and its Member States eliminate inconsistencies, protection gaps and seemingly arbitrary restrictions resulting from different age thresholds. To highlight these differences the Agency mapped the national legal age requirements in various areas across the EU.


Two web-publications are available on the Agency website in the form of interactive maps:

‘Mapping minimum age requirements: Children's rights and justice’ is devoted to children in the field of justice.

‘Mapping minimum age requirements concerning the rights of the child in the EU’ covers differences in legal minimum ages in the field of asylum and migration and the digital world.

At the same time, two opinion reports devote themselves to especially analyse the most striking issues as regards to children and justice as well as asylum and migration:

‘Mapping minimum age requirements: Children's rights and justice’

‘Age assessment and fingerprinting of children in asylum procedures – Minimum age requirements concerning children’s rights in the EU’

The findings underline the wide differences in the limits set by Member States across different areas. They point to the need to improve the way age limits are set to achieve consistency and better balance the need to protect children with the need to empower children.


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