Protecting Migrant Children
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Protecting Migrant Children

In Search of Best Practice

Edited by Mary Crock and Lenni B. Benson

Unprecedented numbers of children are crossing international borders seeking safety. Framed around compelling case studies explaining why children are on the move in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania, this book explores the jurisprudence and processes used by nations to adjudicate children’s protection claims. The book includes contributions from leading scholars in immigration, refugee law, children’s rights and human trafficking which critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of international and domestic laws with the aim of identifying best practice for migrant children.
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Chapter 23: Don’t look behind you: unaccompanied and separated children who have participated in armed conflict in South Sudan

Kasey Tyler and Shelly Whitman


This chapter reflects on children associated with armed groups or forces as a unique category of migrant children. The protection of these children under international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international principles is examined. The effectiveness of these legal protections, and the mechanism that has been developed by the international community to discourage states and non-government forces from recruiting children into combat or support roles, are also discussed . The two authors reflect on their experience in South Sudan to explore the challenges that exist in actualizing international protections in the context of ongoing conflict. 

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