Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on young refugees in the transition to adulthood

On 24 April 2019 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a new recommendation on supporting young refugees in their transition to adulthood.

The text was proposed in the framework of the Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe and the “Youth for Democracy Programme.”

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This recommendation was made necessary by the fact that young refugees are facing the continuing risk of violation of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and this complex situation is exacerbated by the separation from their families that many young people have to cope with.

Reaching the age of majority, young refugees are no longer under the protection of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and therefore no longer have access to the rights and opportunities they enjoyed as children.This circumstance could lead to risky situations, exposing young people to violence and the violation of their rights.


In this context, the recommendation will ensure that the Council of Europe member States should provide additional temporary support to young refugees after the age of 18, taking into consideration the specific needs of young people. The aim is to ensure assistance in different fields: education, accommodation, employment and healthcare, including psychological support.

Erika Branca