The European Court in Luxembourg ruled last January 2021 against the Netherlands for not properly observing children's rights. "Groundbreaking', say lawyers Talia Radcliffe and Andrea Pool. They are digging through the files of dozens of unaccompanied minor refugees (UMAs) who can now appeal to that judgment. The European Court of Appeal demands that the Netherlands amend its rules so that more minors may be granted asylum.
The judges advise the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to adjust the policy regarding unaccompanied minors. But the IND does not embrace this advice. During the hearing on 15 March, the department informed the judge that it would not amend its policy. They will appeal against the ruling.