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World Unicef ​​denounces the stigmatization of unaccompanied foreign minors in France

13:05  01 october  2020
13:05  01 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The UN agency for children, Unicef, denounced this Thursday, October 1, 2020, the stigmatization of unaccompanied foreign minors in France. Their fate and their care have been the subject of heated debate since the chopper attack in front of the former Charlie Hebdo locals.

The alleged perpetrator of the attack on Charlie Hebdo , a 25-year-old Pakistani national indicted and imprisoned for "attempted assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise", was initially known by an identity giving him 18 years old.

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The Child Protection Action Network, which was established by UNICEF transferred Alif to Gazergah At the centre, Alif and unaccompanied minors receive food, clothing, and psychosocial support. Risk of discrimination and stigmatization . Unaccompanied minors returning from Iran are among

“ Unaccompanied children are falling between the cracks. Many simply run away from reception centres to join their extended families while they wait, or because they have not had a full hearing to determine their best interests or have not had their rights explained to them “said Marie Pierre Poirier

He had just come out of care for nearly three years by Social Assistance for Children as an unaccompanied minor.

Since then, many voices on the right and the far right have demanded a turn of the screw on access to this very protective status or, like the president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen, that these young people be " repatriated to their country of origin ”.

"They are above all children"

This Thursday, October 1, Unicef, the UN agency for children, is stepping up to denounce this stigma: "Problematic situations or cases that have become media should not be used to generalize the subject and stigmatize unaccompanied minors. "

" We are particularly worried about the rise of such comments about particularly vulnerable and fragile children. We must react responsibly to guarantee the protection to which they are entitled, ”says Sébastien Lyon, the director general of Unicef ​​in France.

"Unaccompanied minors are above all children who have the right to protection, whatever their origin", insists Unicef.

According to an estimate from the Assembly of French Departments, around 40,000 unaccompanied foreign minors are currently supported under Social Assistance for Children (ASE). For the year 2019, more than 16,000 minors were entrusted to ASE by court order.

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