The Conference "Refugee Childhood" denounces the lack of reliable data to address the problem of migrant and refugee children
On the occasion of Human Rights Week, the “Fundación La Merced Migraciones” (“La Merced Migrations Foundation”) , in collaboration with the Santander Chair for Law and Minors, at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, organized the Conference "Refugee Childhood”: From Welcoming to Inclusion: Towards a Lasting Solution ", to address the current situation concerning refugee children.
The speakers at the Conference agreed that there is a lack of visibility of migrant children, starting with the absence of reliable and true data. According to Patricia Fernández Vicens, an expert Lawyer in Childhood Issues and Migrations at the “La Merced Migrations Foundation”, "we do not know how many children are arriving, and we do not know this because there is a part of the children migrants that is totally invisible, an unequivocal consequence of our policy for European border control ".
In the opinion of Isabel Lázaro, a Law Professor at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and a Researcher in the Migration Studies Institute at Comillas, the problem of the scarcity of official data needs to be emphasized. "The difficulty lies in the fact that the absence of numbers prevents us from knowing the current real situation in which we are moving forward," she said, as well as making it impossible for the system to adapt to reality in order to respond to the needs and rights of these children, young boys and girls, and the need to understand "that Humanity moves".