On the occasion of World Children’s Day
(Celebrated on 20 November)

The IOM Country Office Belgium & Luxembourg and
IOM Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO

are pleased to invite you to our upcoming

Webinar on
Alternative care systems for Unaccompanied Migrant Children



Online Webinar (Teams)



Monday 21st November 2022


10.00-11.00 CET – Brussels Time (16.00-17.00 Bangkok time)

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16.00-17.00 CET – Brussels time (09.00-10.00 San Jose time)

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The webinar is organized in the framework of the U-CARE - Unaccompanied Children in Alternative Residence project, an EU-funded project contributing to the development and improvement of alternative non-institutionalized care systems for Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) in Belgium, Germany and Greece.

Despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human mobility, recent figures show a steady rise in the number of asylum applications by unaccompanied migrant children (UMC). In 2021, more than 23,000 UMC applied for asylum in the EU. In this context, the U-CARE project explored, considered and strengthened alternative care options as a more suitable response to their specific needs.

This webinar aims at fostering the exchange of knowledge and good practices in alternative care systems for UMC. Following consultations with (aged-out) UMC, social workers and child protection experts, the U-CARE tools were developed to strengthen existing alternative care structures, to better address the needs of young refugees and the challenges they face. The tools developed include a culture-sensitive training manual on breaking taboos and tackling racism when caring for UMC, family-based care tool with guidelines on how to recruit volunteers with a migration background to care for UMC, alternative care prototypes with 3 alternative care “models” to support UMC transitioning to adulthood, country of origin leaflets, etc. 

The U-CARE project management team will present the highlights and lessons learned of the project and will give an overview of the tools developed under the project.

The webinar will be public and recorded.

We look forward to your participation in this exchange.

This event will be recorded and it will be disseminated publicly available through YouTube and the U-CARE webpage. By registering for this event, you agree to allow IOM to record and publish the recording online and to use it for the promotion of IOM’s activity. Please let us know if you do not agree with the use of the recording, dissemination and use of the event by contacting IOM at 

This event supports the implementation of the following Sustainable Development Goals


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 This project is funded by the European Union