Chapter 16: Unaccompanied minors in Italy: children or aliens?
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Even though confronted with a significant increase in the arrivals of unaccompanied minors, Italy is one of the EU states where the concept of prioritizing the best interests of the child over migration control, as imposed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is most advanced, particularly regarding policies on legal status and returns and provisions on age assessment. A large number of unaccompanied minors, though, are placed in seriously inadequate reception facilities and detained in hotspots, due to gaps that have not been addressed by the new law n. 47/17 and to pressions by EU institutions.

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