Thirty years of research on children’s rights in the context of migration: towards increased visibility and recognition of some children, but not all?

Brittle, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-9307-5137 and Desmet, E., 2020. Thirty years of research on children’s rights in the context of migration: towards increased visibility and recognition of some children, but not all? The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 28 (1), pp. 36-65. ISSN 0927-5568

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Abstract

This article presents a tentative analysis of 30 years of academic research in the field of children’s rights and migration (1989–2019). Much research has addressed the plight of unaccompanied, refugee and asylum-seeking children, trying better to link children’s rights considerations with international refugee law. Many publications address the best interests of the child principle and the right to be heard. Most research focuses on (migration towards) Europe. This has led to an increased visibility and recognition of children’s rights in the context of migration.

However, there are still various blind spots in the research reviewed. Most research focuses on some children, but not all (e.g., accompanied children), on some rights, but not all (e.g., economic, social and cultural rights), and on some types of migration, but not all (e.g., economic migration). Moreover, refugee and migrant children tend to be studied as a group, which risks reducing attention for their internal diversity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The International Journal of Children’s Rights
Creators: Brittle, R. and Desmet, E.
Publisher: Brill
Date: 10 March 2020
Volume: 28
Number: 1
ISSN: 0927-5568
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1163/15718182-02801008DOI
1337981Other
Rights: © Ruth Brittle and Ellen Desmet, 2020. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Jan 2021 16:22
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 16:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42078

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