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 13: Applying the refugee definition to child-specific forms of persecution

Lisa Frydman and Blaine Bookey


The global community has committed to protecting the human rights of children through adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other instruments. Despite these safeguards, children worldwide suffer violence and profound rights violations at epidemic proportions. International refugee law, in theory, protects children facing this type of persecution. However, in practice, children—especially children alone—face barriers to obtaining the protection they deserve in receiving countries. This chapter examines through case studies how the refugee definition properly applies in children’s asylum cases, how barriers to achieving asylum manifest, and how governments can better protect children.

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