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No way out, no way in: Migrant children fall through the net

An estimated 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status are at risk of destitution, exploitation and social exclusion because of contradictory and frequently changing rules and regulations which jeopardise their access to healthcare, education, protection by the … Continue reading

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Public policy and irregular child migration

For a more in-depth discussion of the issues raised in the video interview, see: – Irregular migrant children and public policy – Policy primer published by The Migration Observatory – Being children and undocumented: background paper, COMPAS WP n.78

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‘Migrant children should not be detained’, says Thomas Hammarberg

Thousands of migrant children are detained every year in Europe. They are forcibly brought to detention centres in a number of countries, in most cases with a view of preparing for their deportation. There they have to endure prison-like conditions, … Continue reading

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The best Afghan rice in Birmingham

Javid is 17 years old. He arrived in Birmingham two years ago, since then he has been living with fellow Afghans. He applied for asylum but then disappeared when he was told that Afghan applicants were all deported back. He … Continue reading

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Negotiating childhood

Anna Verley Kvittingen has recently published in the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series an excellent paper on policy and practice of age disputing in the UK. The paper addresses the underlying issue of why age assessment is so politicised … Continue reading

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