By now, the staggering figures involved in child migration globally are familiar to us all. However it is important to remind ourselves that 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted - including 28 million children forced to move due to conflict and violence. One in every 200 refugees is a child. In Europe, one in every four asylum applications is made by a minor. Yet, while child migration is recognized as one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our time, our analysis reveals a significant lack of understanding about children's mobility. A strong focus is placed upon drafting new regulations and frameworks instead of addressing some of the underlying - and, to some extent, invisible - problems entrenched in the region- and country-specific policies and practices that contribute to implementation gaps in migration systems. Within migration pathways, there is a need to explicitly recognize the rights of children - not as migrants or as refugees, but as children first.
|Publication status||Published - 2017|