Von: Sinje Vogel
In order to ensure that the protection of all asylum seekers becomes an integral part of the wide-ranging support in refugee accommodation centres in Germany, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, abbreviated BMFSFJ), in cooperation with UNICEF launched a joint initiative in spring 2016 with the Non-statutory Welfare Organisations and other experts.
In early 2017, the focus of the initiative was broadened as a result
of the inclusion of a number of new partners and further consultations on the first version of the Minimum Standards („Minimum Standards for the Protection of Children, Adolescents and Women in Refugee Accommodation Centres“). The Minimum Standards underwent a general review, which resulted in the inclusion of the experiences of the members, protection coordinators in refugee centres and the residents of refugee accommodation centres.
Two new annexes were developed: one on the implementation of the Minimum Standards for LGBTI* refugees and migrants, and the other on their implementation for refugees and migrants with disabilities.