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Unaccompanied Children in European Migration and Asylum Practices

Edited by: Mateja Sedmak, Barbara Gornik, Birgit Sauer, Daniel Senovilla Hernandez

ISBN13: 9781138192560
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Unaccompanied minor migrants (UAM) are underage migrants, who for various reasons leave their country and are separated from their parents or legal/customary guardians. Some of them live entirely by themselves, while others join their relatives or other adults in a foreign country. The concept of the best interest of a child is widely applied in international, national legal documents and several guidelines and often pertains to UAM given that they are separated from parents, who are not able to exercise their basic parental responsibilities. This book takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the best interests of the child in relation to UAM, drawing on anthropology in order to understand human rights not only as a matter of positive law but mainly as a social practice depending on personal biographies, community histories and social relations of power. The first part of the book considers the theoretical and historical elements of the best interest of the child in relation to UAM. It explores Article 3 of the Convention of Rights of a Child and its integration into European asylum and migration legislation. The second part goes on to examine the actual legal framework related to UAM in the reception, protection, asylum and return procedures and conditions in selected EU countries. The chapters are based on qualitative fieldwork carried out through interviews with forty experts and forty unaccompanied minor migrants. Issues addressed include national policies towards particular types of UAM, identifying good practices, and highlighting specific measures and procedural guarantees as well as national practices related to particular aspects of asylum and migration processes.

EU Law, Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
1. Introduction

Part 1
2. Studying the Rights of a Child through Social Science Perspective
3. Socio-historical contextualisation of the Child's Best interest
4. Child best interests and UAM in European asylum and migration legislation

Part 2
5. Case study of Slovenia
6. Case study of UK
7. Case study of Austria
8. Case study of France
9. Conclusion

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
To be 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