"Ensuring the future prospects for migrant children, in Switzerland or elsewhere!"

The Alliance for the Rights of Migrant Children (ADEM) is a network of organizations and professionals ensuring the defense of the rights and interests of migrant children in Switzerland.

Through stronger collaboration between actors in the sector, the exchange and dissemination of information relating to migrant children and the strengthening of care practices, ADEM seeks to improve the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the child in Switzerland, and better future prospects for migrant children.

If you are a young migrant arrived in Switzerland without your parents, a section has been especially devoted to you. It contains information about your stay in Switzerland, your rights and responsibilities.

For ease of reading, the male gender is used on this website, which naturally includes the feminine gender.

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Legal representation of unaccompanied minors in the face of legislative revisions

In search of regularization and opportunities, unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (UMAs) face many procedural obstacles. Their safety, in particular, may be jeopardized if the appointment of a legal representative is not ensured. Anchored in Articles 19, 20 and 22 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), this measure of protection has been the subject of particular attention by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in its General Comment No. 6.

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New Zurich platform for children and young migrants

The website ankommen-zh, launched in February 2017, is a new source of information and has numerous offers for children and young migrants.

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20 years ago, on February 24 1997, the Swiss State ratified the Convention on the rights of the child!

The Convention on the rights of the child (CRC), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20 1989, is the most ratified Convention in the world. This international instrument is revolutionary for its recognition of children as actors of society and of their rights.

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Migrant Children: new website

Lausanne/Sion/Geneva/Bern, 23 January 2017 – The Alliance for the Rights of Migrant Children (ADEM) is launching its website! Their platform, offers information and resources for migrant children in Switzerland, as well as the professionals who work with them.

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Editorial by Mélissa Llorens in collaboration with Jean Zermatten (IDE)

Switzerland: ODAE's report

"Switzerland does not fulfil its obligation to protect children due to restrictive migration policy." This was the finding of the Swiss French Speaking Observatory on the Right of Asylum and Foreigners (Observatoire romand du droit d’asile et des étrangers ODAE) in their 8th report, published following World Children’s Day.

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