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Action of the Farnesina to protect minors in Ukraine

The Farnesina continues its action to protect the safety of minors in Ukraine, in particular orphans in conflict zones. The coordination table on Ukrainian minors, launched last week and chaired by Minister Bonetti with the participation of Minister Di Maio and Vice-Minister Sereni, was created with the aim of a more effective connection between the institutions and the many Italian civil society organizations that have been activated in recent days.

Equally crucial is the constant interaction with the organizations and agencies of the United Nations engaged on the ground, in particular UNHCR and IOM, which the Farnesina has involved – in parallel with the Ukrainian consular network in Italy – in every coordination forum activated for the monitoring of migration flows and assistance to Ukrainian refugees and, among them, to the most vulnerable categories, starting with minors. Among the initiatives put in place, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is committed to developing a vademecum for use by Italian police forces to facilitate the identification of unaccompanied minors upon arrival at the border, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide information material in Ukrainian to help victims of violence or trafficking. In order to prevent unaccompanied minors from being exposed to the risk of exploitation or abuse, it is essential that they be reported to the Ministry of Labour so that they can be registered and monitored.

With the support of the Italian diplomatic network, Caritas and International Red Cross are implementing initiatives in Ukraine aimed at transferring, as soon as possible, the orphans hosted in Ukrainian institutions to safe places in neighboring countries. The Civil Protection is also evaluating the possibility of organizing special flights, equipped to transfer Ukrainian children to Italy, giving priority to those in need of medical care that can be provided by Italian hospitals.

The unceasing commitment and contacts of the Farnesina to protect the safety of children in the process of adoption and their transfer to safe places continue.

According to the latest available data, more than 8,500 minors have arrived in Italy since the beginning of the conflict.
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