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 20: Challenges of upholding children’s rights in immigration policy: lessons learnt from Australia

Lisa Singh


This chapter explores Australia’s inhumane and degrading treatment of asylum seeker children as a result of prolonged, mandatory detention. Such policy developments have caused undeniable harm to children who have sought protection, breached international human rights and challenged Australia’s ongoing ability to defend children’s rights. Exploring recommendations from civil society and government commissioned reports, this chapter highlights alternative policy directions and why the current policy is in need of repeal. To date, the Australian government has done little to change its policies affecting asylum seeker children. As a result, Australia’s reputation on the international stage has been damaged, at the same time as Australia is bidding for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

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