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The deportation of unaccompanied minors from the EU: family-tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project

This one-day workshop convened academics and policymakers to discuss the ERPUM project.

The European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) is an EU project to find new methods for the return of unaccompanied minors (UAMs), mainly from Afghanistan, who have received a final rejection of their asylum application.

This has raised a number of political, legal and moral concerns. These include the feasibility of family-tracing and the safety of deported children in war-torn Afghanistan, the (in)compatibility of ERPUM’s goals with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the European jurisdiction relating to children deported from their territories. Furthermore, European states have been reluctant to disseminate information about the progress of ERPUM negotiations and the concrete practices the project is envisioned to involve.

Session I

This podcast from the ERPUM workshop was recorded on Friday 3 May at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

This session included three presentations:

  • Dawn Chatty (Refugee Studies Centre) - Introduction
  • Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) - 'The evolution of the ERPUM project'
  • Liza Schuster (City University London) - 'Afghan perspectives on ERPUM'

Running time: 53:33

Session II

This podcast from the ERPUM workshop was recorded on Friday 3 May at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

This session included two presentations:

  • Rebecca Stern (University of Uppsala) - 'ERPUM and the Convention on the Rights of the Child'
  • Matthew J Gibney (Refugee Studies Centre) - 'Ethical reflections on ERPUM'

Running time: 1:06:53

Session III

This podcast from the ERPUM workshop was recorded on Friday 3 May at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

This session included a panel discussion with the following speakers:

  • Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) (Chair)
  • Jan Murk (UNICEF Netherlands)
  • Eva Singer (Danish Refugee Council)
  • Andrea Vonkeman (UNHCR) (by video link) [NB due to problems with recording quality, this presentation is not included in the podcast]
  • Liza Schuster (City University London)
  • Rebecca Stern (University of Uppsala)

Running time: 33:25

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Last updated May 13, 2013