Advocating for the Rights of Unrecognized Unaccompanied Minors

Start: 2022

Fenix advocates for a fairer asylum system by monitoring rights violations and leading strategic processes at local, national and European level. Fenix also provides asylum seekers and refugees on Lesvos with a holistic service that includes legal support and representation, as well as case management and psychological support.

The current project supports unaccompanied refugee minors who were wrongly registered as adults. Due to inadequate and unsafe reception conditions, violence and exploitation, these minors experience a deterioration of their mental and physical health. In addition, they do not receive the special protection and procedural safeguards to which they would be entitled within the asylum procedure and are therefore often not granted the right to family reunification within the EU.

Fenix was able to build a strong knowledge base about the violence and barriers that these minors face. The aim of this project is threefold: to produce a report on the issue, to raise awareness through an online campaign and to educate other activists.

The :do Foundation supports this with 2,000 euros.