ceas, Children, ECHR, reception conditions, Best Interests of the Child, CRC, non-refoulement, Article 24 EU Charter
The number of children on the move in the EU region is without historical precedent. In theory, these children should enjoy protections as rich as anywhere in the world. European laws promote the realization of children’s best interests as a guiding principle, drawing on the full catalogue of rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In reality, European practices have often been based on minimum standards of protection with a focus on specific (often procedural) rights. The chapter scrutines this protection and verify how it gives substance to the principle of the best interest of the child, as by now a general rule of international law.