22.11.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO to publish book on the independent migration of children in December

UNESCO Publishing

In the course of December, UNESCO will release a publication entitled “Migrating alone: unaccompanied and separated children’s migration to Europe”. The essays that make up this book tackle the question of child migration from legal, sociological and anthropological perspectives, examining the situation in both countries of origin and receiving countries.

The planned, forced or spontaneous decision to abandon home and country takes on a new dimension when those involved in the migration adventure are just in their teens.

Despite common features and many links with the migration of adults, the independent migration of children has emerged as a specific phenomenon all over the world. Since the early 1990s, most European countries have notably been destination and/or transit points for such young migrants.

Faced with the migration of unaccompanied and separated children, European national government policies do not always coincide with the legal instruments (national or international) created for the care of children ‘in need’ regardless of origin or nationality. Child migrants tend to be considered migrants before they are considered children, whereas international legal protection standards for children are far better than those concerning migrants.

Migrating alone: unaccompanied and separated children’s migration to Europe
Edited by Jyothi Kanics, Daniel Senovilla Hernández and Kristina Touzenis
The publication will be for sale at UNESCO Publishing.

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