Ukrainian children welcomed at the school in San Lazzaro of Savena in the province of Bologna, Italy, on March 7, 2022 | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO CORI
Ukrainian children welcomed at the school in San Lazzaro of Savena in the province of Bologna, Italy, on March 7, 2022 | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO CORI

The Italian interior ministry has adopted new guidelines to prevent and manage the departure and the disappearance from hosting centers of unaccompanied minors from Ukraine. The guidelines complete measures already included in the Plan for unaccompanied minors from Ukraine, which recommends anti-Covid vaccinations.

The Italian interior ministry has adopted new measures to prevent and manage the departure and/or the disappearance from hosting centers of unaccompanied minors from Ukraine.

The ministry, through the Commissioner for the coordination of activities of assistance, adopted a new section of the "Plan for unaccompanied foreign minors" dedicated to search operations and to the immediate verification of initial information in order to potentially activate the provincial plan for missing persons.

How to prevent or solve cases

As reported by the government's web page "Integrazione Migranti" (Integration Migrants), the new guidelines "pursue the objective of raising awareness on the need to prevent possible cases of departure and, if they happen, to intervene immediately by organizing operational methods to automatically activate and carry our search operations and act as quickly as possible in order not to compromise the outcome."

"At a territorial level, in addition, the importance of activities to prevent possible cases of trafficking or illicit actions including recruitment in criminal organizations, exploitation or black labor have been stressed."

National plan on Ukrainian minors recommends anti-Covid vaccinations

The guidelines complete measures already included in the Plan for unaccompanied minors from Ukraine, adopted on March 25, and updated the last time on May 5.

In particular, in the latest update in May, specific indications were outlined on healthcare measures in general as well as on vaccinations. On this last issue, the measures state that the local healthcare authority will recommend to the tutor or the person who is responsible for the minor: the vaccination against Covid-19 for minors over the age of five that have not been vaccinated or who don't have documents proving they are vaccinated, including a booster for those over the age of 12; other routine vaccinations (mandatory or optional) according to the national vaccination plan in place.

Regarding education, the guidelines once again highlighted the principle that the Administration and school institutions must ensure that unaccompanied foreign minors from Ukraine, according to measures in place for Italian citizens, can access education and training services, with the possibility of enrollment in schools of all levels during any period of the year.

 

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