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Listen to podcasts from this one-day workshop convened by academics and policymakers to discuss the ERPUM project, on 3 May 2014 at the Oxford Department of International Development.

Podcast: Session I


  • 00:00:00–00:08:55 | Introduction – Dawn Chatty (Refugee Studies Centre
  • 00:09:10–00:36:32 | The evolution of the ERPUM project – Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
  • 00:38:04–00:53:33 | Afghan perspectives on ERPUM – Liza Schuster (City University London)

Podcast: Session II


  • 00:00:00–00:32:56 | ERPUM and the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Rebecca Stern (University of Uppsala)
  • 00:32:58–01:06:53 | Ethical reflections on ERPUM – Matthew J Gibney (Refugee Studies Centre)

Podcast: Session III

Speakers (Panel Discussion)

  • Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) (Chair)
  • Jan Murk (UNICEF Netherlands)
  • Eva Singer (Danish Refugee Council)
  • Andrea Vonkeman (UNHCR) (by video link) [NB due to problems with recording quality, this presentation is not included in the podcast]
  • Liza Schuster (City University London)
  • Rebecca Stern (University of Uppsala)

About the event

The European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) is an EU project to find new methods for the return of unaccompanied minors (UAMs), mainly from Afghanistan, who have received a final rejection of their asylum application. 

This has raised a number of political, legal and moral concerns. These include the feasibility of family tracing and the safety of deported children in war-torn Afghanistan, the (in)compatibility of ERPUM’s goals with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the European jurisdiction relating to children deported from their territories. Furthermore, European states have been reluctant to disseminate information about the progress of ERPUM negotiations and the concrete practices the project is envisioned to involve.

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