Access of asylum seeking children and young people to schools and vocational

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Access of asylum-seeking children and young people to schools and vocational training is expressly provided by articles 32 and 62 of the Refugee Act. Pursuant to these provisions, the Government takes the requisite measures to facilitate the access of children and young people to public schools and vocational training facilities. Asylum-seeking children and young people are enrolled in school as soon as possible after their arrival in Liechtenstein. In such cases, language integration is also provided in schools, while language instruction is provided as a social measure for young people above the age of compulsory schooling. Integration in the workforce may be accomplished by employment in the framework of assisted living. This living arrangement is made available to young persons who have difficulties integrating in the normal working life. According to article 73, the State of Liechtenstein bears the cost for housing, case, health and accident insurance, and food for asylum seekers and persons in need of protection. 72. In summary, any future cases of former child soldiers in Liechtenstein can be handled with the existing infrastructure in such a way that Liechtenstein can fulfill its commitments relating to rehabilitation and reintegration under the Optional Protocol. Article 7: International cooperation 73. Article 7 envisages cooperation among States Parties in the implementation of the Optional Protocol, including in the areas of prevention and the social reintegration of victims.
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CRC/C/OPAC/LIE/1 page 18 74. At the level of the United Nations, Liechtenstein has for years been engaged on behalf of the rights of the child in general and the protection of children in armed conflict in particular. For instance, the Liechtenstein delegation regularly participates in the open debates held in the Security Council on this topic serving to further develop the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Also in the negotiations in the General Assembly concerning the resolution on children’s rights, Liechtenstein firmly advocates strengthening the international mechanisms for the protection of children in armed conflict and the effective reintegration of former child soldiers. 75. In the humanitarian field, Liechtenstein supports projects benefiting children, both in the context of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Especially important partners for Liechtenstein at the multilateral level are the ICRC, UNHCR, and - specifically for children - UNICEF. Notable with respect to children in armed conflict are Liechtenstein’s financial contributions to the UNDP Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration program, especially in relation to child soldiers, and to the non-governmental organization Save the Children, which was given support for its work on the ten-year implementation review of the Graça Machel report. Finally, Liechtenstein regularly provided the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children in Armed Conflict with voluntary contributions between 1998 and 2005.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • European Union, Council of Europe, European Convention on Human Rights

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