‘The best interest of the child are not always upheld in the context of asylum and immigration in Denmark. The Danish authorities should improve the protection they provide to migrant children, by ensuring full respect of their rights’, said Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, when releasing a report on his visit to Denmark carried out on 19-21 November 2013.
In spite of positive changes introduced in 2012, further progress is needed, in particular to ensure that family reunification proceedings involving children are dealt with in a positive and humane manner. “This includes extending the right to family reunification to children older than 14, so as to comply with the definition of a child provided in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”. The Commissioner also stressed that the best interests of the child should prevail over their integration potential, or the integration potential of their parents.
Read the report here.