EYF: Rights don’t stop when you turn 18
Council of Europe issues recommendation on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood.
Member States of the Council of Europe should continue to provide support to young refugees, even after they turn 18 years old. This was the Committee of Ministers recommendation, adopted on 24 April, aimed at supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood.
The European Youth Forum welcomes the adoption of the recommendation. It is vital that young refugees continue to have access to social services, accommodation and welfare benefits to ensure an adequate standard of living. Moreover, the right to access information and legal advice, education and employment as well as to healthcare and psychological support does not and should not end on your 18th birthday. We must guarantee these rights on an equal footing with nationals.
The recommendation also underlines the importance of the role of youth work and youth organisations in assisting young refugees during the period of transition to adulthood. Governments must support youth organisations in fulfilling this role, including through the provision of financial resources.
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