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 12: Finding a new balance: bringing together children’s rights law and migration policy for effective advocacy for migrant children

Alice Farmer


Protecting children – including growing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children – in an increasingly difficult and risky migration climate is a pressing challenge. Advocates in non-governmental organizations, academia, UN agencies, and government have had some success in developing a children’s rights framework, yet discrepancies now exist between this framework and the framework that applies to adult migrants. States encounter difficulties in advancing cohesive migrant children’s policies, with some misalignment between those advancements (which can be protective in nature) and children’s migratory goals and desires. Emerging policy proposals to repair the global migration framework can support a more coherent child protection system.

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