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Undersecretary Reinart to the UN: we have a duty to protect refugee children

19.09.2016

Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Väino Reinart reaffirmed at the UN General Assembly’s high-level summit on migration that Estonia is committed to contribute into solving the migration crisis, with focus on refugee children.

“Several years ago the refugees arriving by boats from the Middle-East and Africa were a concern for just a few European countries. Today it is an urgent issue for the entire world,” Reinart said. He added that Estonia is determined to do its part in finding a long-term solution for the migration crisis. “It is important that we remain unified both in Europe and the world,” he emphasized.

Reinart stressed that child refugees need special attention. “There are around 50 million child refugees in flight from violence and insecurity. This number has increased 77% compared to five years ago,” Reinart said. “Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in the migration crisis and it is our duty to protect them from dangers of the crisis, e.g. human trafficking and xenophobia. We have to remember that child refugees also need attention after arriving to target country – they need access to education, health care and social protection, “ Undersecretary emphasized.

Heads of state and governments also adopted a political declaration during yesterday’s summit on migration that acknowledges a shared responsibility to manage large movements of refugees and migrants in a better manner. According to Reinart it demonstrates continuing need for cooperation and consensus in solving the migration crisis.

Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 5667 5362
press@mfa.ee

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