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Independent Child Migration

The issue of independent child migrants: children or young people who migrate without their parents, usually accords the children or youth no agency, and portrays them as dependents if not victims.  Within the policy context these children may be labelled unaccompanied minors. The research included within this catalogue will attempt to highlight the studies that do consider the agency of the child migrant. The children's perspectives, their voices, and experiences, their role and expectations of them all provide various understanding of independent child migration that is very different from the narrow discourse of trafficking and forced child labour.  The positives and negatives of independent child migration, on the child and their development are explored in much of the research here.

Unwelcome Responsibilities

Publication date: July 2007

Abstract:

This report addresses the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in the Canary Islands after their arrival....

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Using Deconstructing Developmental Psychology to Read Child Migrants to South Africa

Author: Palmary, I. and Mahati, S.

Publication date: 10/01/2015

Abstract:

In this article, we consider how we can use the text Deconstructing Developmental Psychology
to read...

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Validation of the Child Behavior Checklist for Guardians of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Author: T. Bean; A. Mooijart; E. Eurelings-Bontekoe; P. Spinhoven

Publication date: 2006

Abstract:

Due to copyright law this article can only be accessed via the publisher's website. To access the article, please...

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Victims or criminals? The vulnerability of separated children in the context of migration in the United Kingdom and Italy

Author: Furia, A.

Publication date: 27/06/2012

Abstract:

Despite the periodic and official commitments of the United Kingdom and Italian governments with regard to...

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Voices of Afghan children: A Study on Asylum-seeking Children in Sweden

Publication date: June 2010

Abstract:

The study looks at the motivations and migration experiences of unaccompanied children from Afghanistan. The study...

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