Save the Children and the Separated Children in Europe Programme have published a position paper titled: “The Implementation of the Dublin II Regulation and the Best Interests of Separated Children“.

Save the Children welcomes the European Commission’s review of the Dublin II Regulation and hopes that this analysis and subsequent changes will improve protection of the rights of asylum seeking children and responses to their specific needs.

The principle of the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration when applying the Dublin II Regulation in cases involving children. In particular, Member States should ensure that all decisions regarding transfer, take back and taking charge of the asylum application of a separated child should be made in the best interests of the child.

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