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Roundtable on Protection of Children Affected by Migration held in Tashkent

20/06/2019 - 12:21
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On 20 June, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, a roundtable meeting on the study of the impact of migration on children was held in Tashkent. The study was conducted in the framework of EU-funded project Protection of Children Affected by Migration in South, South-East and Central Asia which is implemented by UNICEF in 8 countries. The overall objective of this 42-months Project is that children affected by migration are effectively protected and their rights promoted across eight countries in three regions.

The meeting was chaired by the Head of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, the deputy Head of Women's Committee of Uzbekistan, and UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. During the meeting, a brief overview of the Regional study made by UNICEF Regional Office, Geneva and a presentation on the preliminary findings and provisional recommendations of the study on migration were heard.

The Head of EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, Eduards Stiprais pointed out that in the context of the European Commission’s comprehensive approach to managing migration, ensuring the effective protection of children and strengthening cross-border cooperation on child protection is an explicit priority.

EU expects that the Project will help to:

• Make sure child protection systems are inclusive of children affected by migration, including those left behind

• Enhance policies and procedures that provide better access to child protection systems

• Ensure international, regional and national bodies recognize their rights

At regional level, the 2015 Council Conclusions on the EU Central Asia Strategy reiterate that respect for human rights - including children’s rights - together with democratization, rule of law and inclusive socio-economic development remain among the EU’s priorities in Central Asia. The Council Conclusions also highlight the need for strategies to respond to the dynamics of labour markets and changes in migrant worker patterns, including by empowering women and young people.

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