4) It creates a single procedure for the identification of minors and introduces a maximum term of 10 days for the identification procedure.
Minors are interviewed as soon as they are found by public authorities. During the interview, they can clarify their personal and family history and provide further relevant information supporting their claim. The interview should be carried out by qualified personnel at the first arrival reception centre, possibly with the support of organizations that work in the field and in the presence of a cultural mediator.
The identity of minors is ascertained by the police, with the help of cultural mediators, in the presence of the guardian and only after the minor has been guaranteed immediate humanitarian assistance.
- In the identification process, doubts concerning the age declared by the minor may arise.