"NEXT STEPS FOR REFUGEE AND MIGRANT YOUTH IN EUROPE"
The U.S. Helsinki Commission invited the Executive Director of The HOME Project, Sofia Kouvelaki, and Kathleen Newland of Migration Policy Institute to the United States Capitol to brief U.S. Congress on "Next Steps for Refugee and Migrant Youth in Europe".
As Europe continues to experience an influx of refugees and migrants, the numbers of youth (persons under the age of 18) have increased. The Helsinki Commission briefing highlighted the current situation of refugee and migrant youth in Europe with a focus on support, protection, and integration services being put in place for unaccompanied arrivals.
The briefing included case studies from Greece where there has been a recent surge in refugee and migrant arrivals, and where unaccompanied youth are estimated to account for approximately 15 percent of the total number of arrivals