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The right to information for refugee children

For refugee children, the right to information is of great importance to make their voice heard. Stephanie Rap is studying the child’s right to participate in the asylum procedure. She has also studied the working method of the Dutch Council for Refugees in this context.

The Dutch Council for Refugees organises the project Time4You for children and young people living in reception centers. Children receive information on the asylum procedure, their rights and life in the Netherlands. Moreover, special attention is paid to the position of children in the asylum procedure. Stephanie Rap has conducted interviews with employees who carry out this project. Recently, this has resulted in a publication in the International Journal of Children’s Rights. The research shows that the right to information is not automatically guaranteed for children and that in particular children are in the Netherlands together with their parents are more likely to be overlooked.

The Dutch Council for Refugees has produced a video (in Dutch) in which Time4You is explained and in which Stephanie Rap participates.

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