EASO expert meeting on family tracing

Logo of the European Asylum Support Office
Logo of the European Asylum Support Office
On 17-18 June, FRA took part in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) expert meeting on family tracing.

17 representatives of EU Member States participated, as well as representatives from the ICRC, UNHCR, IOM and International Social Services. Together with two EU Member States, the FRA co-facilitated two workshops on defining the family tracing process.

The aim of the first workshop was to establish a common approach, including the different steps and measures involved. The second workshop was devoted to identifying and defining the relevant elements to consider for assessing the best interests of children, including minimum standards and safeguards. FRA also told participants about its recent Handbook on European Law relating to asylum, borders and immigration.

FRA highlighted its usefulness, not only to the policy making officials and practitioners attending, but also to judges, public prosecutors, border officials, NGOs etc. It could also be used as a resource for training judges, public prosecutors and border officials. Prior to the start of the EASO meeting, FRA also met the Director of Policy Development from the Maltese Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security in order to promote the use of the handbook and to discuss issues of common interest. 

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