Susak, Ivona and Stanojoska, Angelina and Petrevski, Blagojce (2017) EUROPE’S QUIET CRISIS: „MISSING‟ MIGRANT CHILDREN. Faculty of Security - Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia. ISBN 978-608-4828-06-8

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The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge that the EU has faced since its foundation. Men and women, old and young, all have been part of the recent influx of asylum seekers into the European Union. But a lesser-known story about it is the rapid rise of the number of children migrants traveling without an adult guardian. It has become increasingly clear that children, many of them unaccompanied by a parent, relative or guardian, are in the forefront of the crisis. Since 2008, about 198,500 unaccompanied minors have entered Europe seeking asylum, according to data from Eurostat. The closure of European borders and the lack of an effective strategy to cope with waves of refugees often leave unaccompanied minors crossing into Europe with no one to turn to. Authorities try to avoid responsibility for their care and protection. The existing EU and national measures are poorly implemented. Unsurprisingly, many children have lost trust in the institutions and measures intended to guarantee their rights, safety and well-being. These underlying problems have contributed to deplorable reception conditions, particularly in refugee camps, while prolonged uncertainty about children‘s legal status has left them ‘living in limbo‘. Such outcomes have in turn exposed vulnerable children to smugglers and human traffickers, and it is conservatively estimated that at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are currently missing in the EU. This article provides an overview of the regulations covering this area. It also discusses the particular challenges of creating a coherent, sustainable, and consistent approach towards unaccompanied minors, analyzing the current policies and the changing trends that policymakers must take into account as they address the phenomenon of child migration.
Key words: unaccompanied minor, refugee crisis, regulations, trends, missing children

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Mr Mladen Kradzoski
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 10:05

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