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Impact of Migration on Children in the Caribbean

Author(s): C. Bakker M. Elings-Pels M. Reis

The report provides an overview of migratory patterns and trends in the region by emphasising importance of children's rights within the context of migration. The report argues that children, in the same manner of their parents, are rights holders and they are entitled to the wide set of rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) (1989) such as: (a) the right to develop to their full potential; (b) enjoy his/her own culture and identity; and (c) care and protection while separated from his/her parents should only be in the best interest of the child. In addressing the various impacts of migration on children, the report suggests that there is a need for more concerted efforts in research and development of a region-wide social protection policy for all children and their families irrespective of their migratory status.

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