Financed by the Migration Policies Fund, in the framework of the project “Family Tracing Activities and  Assisted Voluntary Return for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors who are on the territory of the Italian State”.

Basic Principles

This websiteintends to present Family Tracing, one of the activitiesthat theIOM MissioninItalyhas been carrying outsince 2008,in support of the Italian Ministry of Labour andSocial Policies.

According to article 2.2 of the Ministerial Decree535/99, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies has the task to foster family tracing activities for unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) presentin Italy.

The General Directorate on Immigration and Integration Policies (which is now in charge of managing those activities previouslycarried out by theCommittee for Foreign Minors, suppressed according to Article12, paragraph 20 of theLaw Decree n. 95, of 6th July 2012) has recently renewed the agreement with IOM forthe implementation of such an important activity, following a public tender.


As a rule, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policiesreceives the official requests from family tracing from thesocial servicesof themunicipality where the unaccompanied migrant child concerned resides, and it in turn entrusts IOM with taking the necessary actions to meet minor’s family members in their country of origin or in a third country where they actually reside,OftenanotherEuropean country.


For more details, access this diagram, outlining the family tracing process and procedure in Italy. 


Because of its nature, such an (informative) processusually collects sensitive data. During every phase, IOM is committed to protectchildren and their families’privacy, inaccordance to Italian law principles and IOM internal rules on data protection. Some of IOM main objectives and rules are briefly described below:

  • To protect theintegrity and confidentialityof sensitive data;
  • To preventunnecessary and inappropriatecommunication ofpersonal data;
  • Personal data mustbe obtained throughlegal and agreed methodologies. Any correction or change must be shared and agreed upon with the concerned person;
  • Person’s consentmust be obtainedwhen collecting dataoras soon as ispractically feasible;
  • The purpose of personal datacollection and treatment must be notified to the concerned person and must pursue licit objectives.