Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 16: Unaccompanied minors in Italy: children or aliens?

Elena Rozzi


Even though confronted with a significant increase in the arrivals of unaccompanied minors, Italy is one of the EU states where the concept of prioritizing the best interests of the child over migration control, as imposed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is most advanced, particularly regarding policies on legal status and returns and provisions on age assessment. A large number of unaccompanied minors, though, are placed in seriously inadequate reception facilities and detained in hotspots, due to gaps that have not been addressed by the new law n. 47/17 and to pressions by EU institutions.

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