Children who are forced to leave home unaccompanied are covered by two intersecting bodies of law - international refugee law and international child rights law. These two frameworks interact in a way that can deliver or impede effective protection in practice for unaccompanied young migrants and refugees, especially as they transition to formal adulthood at the age of eighteen. Moreover, the dilemmas faced by unaccompanied migrant children as they transition to adulthood with mixed and uncertain immigration statuses is a profoundly neglected area of national and international policy, requiring a fundamental rethink of what might constitute viable and ‘durable’ solutions for their lives and futures.
What can the international policy community do to address this profoundly neglected area of national and international policy?
To coincide with the launch of the new book, Youth Migration and the Politics of Wellbeing, co-authored by Prof. Elaine Chase, University College London, and Dr. Jennifer Allsopp, Harvard University and United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, and published by Bristol University Press (2020), this event brings together policymakers and experts from around the world to address this question.
- Prof. Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham
- Mr. Gulwali Passarlay, former unaccompanied child, activist, and author of The Lightless Sky
- Dr. Jennifer Allsopp, Harvard University and United National University Centre for Policy Research
- Prof. Elaine Chase, University College London Institute of Education
- Prof. Jacqui Bhabha, Harvard University
- Prof. Helen Stalford, University of Liverpool
- Ms. Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF
- Dr. Siobhan O’Neil, United National University Centre for Policy Research