EMN Inform: Separated and missing migrants: member states approaches to prevent family separation and search mechanisms for missing migrants

EMN Informs are primarily intended for policymakers and other practitioners and provide a brief summary of the main policy-relevant findings from an EMN activity. This EMN Inform provides a comparative overview of the policy measures and practical approaches taken by Member States to prevent and manage the risks of third-country nationals going missing and their separation from family members. Information was collected by the EMN National Contact Points. The aim of this EMN Inform is to report on how Member States and Norway prevent third-country nationals in the EU from being separated from their family members in three different scenarios:2 1) when they first come into contact with authorities; 2) during transfers from one facility to another; and 3) during their stay in a Member State. The Inform also reports on how Member States treat the issue of third-country nationals going missing, including existing procedures to report and search for a third-country national reported missing.