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 15: The impact of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status on access to protection of unaccompanied child migrants in the United States

Veronica T. Thronson


This chapter explains Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in the United States in the context of a marked increase in unaccompanied children at the border. While many children qualify for other forms of immigration relief, SIJS remains a vital, if imperfect, form of relief for thousands of children each year. Increases in arrivals have stretched the ability of not-for-profit agencies to provide representation and services, and the capacity of the government to adjudicate applications for relief. Additionally, statutory limits on annual grants have created backlogs. These developments threaten the role of SIJS as a predictable form of relief from removal.

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