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Reconceptualizing Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers and the Law

ISBN13: 9781032196299
To be Published: September 2022
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

Unaccompanied child asylum seekers are amongst the world’s most vulnerable populations and their numbers are increasing. The intersection of their age, their seeking asylum, and separation from their parents creates a specific and acute triple burden of vulnerability. Their precariousness has long been recognised in international human rights law. Yet human rights-based responses have been subordinated to progressive global securitisation of irregular migration through interception, interdiction, extraterritorial processing, and immigration detention. Such an approach necessitates an urgent paradigm shift in how we comprehend their needs as children, the impact of punitive border control laws on them, and the responsibility of states to these children when they arrive at their borders seeking asylum.

This book reconceptualises the relationship between unaccompanied child asylum seekers and states. It proposes a new conceptual framework by applying international human rights law, childhood studies, and vulnerability theory scholarship in analysing state obligations to respond to these children. This framework incorporates a robust analysis of the operation and impact of laws on vulnerable populations, a taxonomy for articulating the gravity of any consequent harms, and a method to prioritise recommendations for reform.

The book then illustrates the frameworks utility using Australia’s treatment of unaccompanied children as a case study. This book illuminates key learnings from human rights law, childhood studies, and vulnerability theory and transforms them into a new roadmap for law reform. As such, it will be a valuable practice-based resource for practitioners, non-government organisations, advocates, policymakers, and the general public interested in advocating for the rights of vulnerable populations as well as for academics, researchers and students of human rights law, refugee law, childhood studies and vulnerability studies.

Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
1. The historical Context of Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers, including Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers
2. Comprehending the specific Vulnerability of Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers
3. The Unfulfilled Potential of Human Rights for Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers
4. The Potential of expanding Vulnerability Theory to Prioritise State Responses to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
5. Vulnerability Analysis of Provision of Care to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children using Australia as a Case Study
6. Vulnerability Analysis of Australia’s Processing of Asylum Claims of Unaccompanied Children
7. Vulnerability Analysis of Australia’s Provision of Guardianship to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
8. Scope to Expand the Application of the Mitigating Vulnerability Framework to other Contexts

Series: Routledge Research in Asylum, Migration and Refugee Law

The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers ISBN 9780415720762
To be published December 2023
Serious International Crimes, Human Rights, and Forced Migration ISBN 9780367556235
Published February 2022
European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child ISBN 9781138202054
Published June 2016
Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre ISBN 9781138670419
Published February 2016
European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child ISBN 9780415855013
Published July 2014
European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child (eBook) ISBN 9781135120276
Published July 2014