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Challenges in Protecting the Rights of Migrating Children

Governments are challenged to uphold the rights and provide essential services for growing numbers of child migrants. Our featured experts provide their perspectives.

Content Summary: assure rights despite migration status; tension between protective and participatory principles; risk continuum before-during-after; smuggling/trafficking nexus; children left to negotiate immigration on their own (US); avoiding expedited processes-specific risk to children of deportation; obligation to reunify families - correct default mode?; conducting quality best interests assessment; children’s rights not featuring in European immigration policy debates – becoming a security driven process ; when protection can be a burden.

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WHO ARE THE EXPERTS?

Jacqueline Bhabha Jacqueline Bhabha
Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Mike Dottridge Mike Dottridge
Independent Expert
Andrea Rossi Andrea Rossi
Sr. Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Mozambique Country Office
Simon Parker Simon Parker
Director, University of York. School of Social and Political Science
Victoria Rietig Victoria Rietig
Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute