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Key Messages on Refoulement, Detention, Push-Backs and Deportations of Asylum-Seeking and Migrant Children in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Key Messages on Refoulement, Detention, Push-Backs and Deportations of Asylum-Seeking and Migrant Children in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date of publication: 
03 Apr 2020

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Publisher: 
UNICEF
Publication type: 
Briefs, Fact Sheets and Brochures

The document developed by UNICEF at the link below discusses the following our key messages for States on refoulement, detention, push-backs and deportations of asylum-seeking and migrant children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  1. States can and must protect both public health and access to asylum  
  2. States should stop detaining children because of their or their parents’ migration status. Asylum-seeking and migrant children and families should be released and placed in non-custodial alternatives to detention  
  3. States should immediately stop push-backs and deportations of children, especially if they are unaccompanied or separated. These practices do not only threaten children’s rights and health, but also public health for all countries involved 
  4. In contexts where push-backs and deportations continue, returning and receiving States should urgently step up COVID-19 prevention and response measures and cross-border cooperation to protect children, as well as their families and communities 
Emergency Type: 
Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Language(s) of materials: 
English

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