On 12 March, FRA participated in an online roundtable organised by regional authorities in Catalonia responsible for the protection of unaccompanied children. Several NGOs, medical associations, trade unions and child protection authorities of different cities participated.
The regional authorities presented the 2021 Action Plan for the protection of unaccompanied children in Catalonia. This includes measures to improve the reception conditions for unaccompanied children, transition measures for children reaching majority age, and sensitisation programmes to promote integration and positive narratives. The regional authorities also mentioned the decision to voluntarily receive 40 unaccompanied children from the Canary Islands. The transfer of unaccompanied children to other regions of Spain was also discussed during FRA’s Director recent visit to the Canary Islands.