Italy has become Europe’s first country to pass a comprehensive law ensuring a minimum standard of care for unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. The Zampa law boosts current protection policies, with measures including the reduction of time children spend in initial reception centres and the improvement of age assessment procedures.
While we welcome the news, we’re aware that many of the act’s measures are already covered by existing laws that are being neglected. Our teams in Italy have witnessed the government’s failure to treat minors with the dignity and respect they deserve. We hope that the new law will address the persistent violation of their rights in Italy, and encourage other European governments to follow suit.