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

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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.
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MIGR, HRC, children’s rights, literature review, REFUGEE CHILDREN, SEPARATED CHILDREN, SEEKING ASYLUM, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, EUROPEAN ASYLUM, INTERESTS, CONVENTION, MIGRANT, LAW, VULNERABILITY

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Brittle, Ruth, and Ellen Desmet. “Thirty Years of Research on Children’s Rights in the Context of Migration : Towards Increased Visibility and Recognition of Some Children, but Not All?” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS, vol. 28, no. 1, 2020, pp. 36–65, doi:10.1163/15718182-02801008.
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Brittle, R., & 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? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS, 28(1), 36–65. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801008
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Brittle, Ruth, and Ellen Desmet. 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?” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS 28 (1): 36–65. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801008.
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Brittle, Ruth, and Ellen Desmet. 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?” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS 28 (1): 36–65. doi:10.1163/15718182-02801008.
Vancouver
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Brittle R, Desmet E. Thirty years of research on children’s rights in the context of migration : towards increased visibility and recognition of some children, but not all? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS. 2020;28(1):36–65.
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R. Brittle and E. Desmet, “Thirty years of research on children’s rights in the context of migration : towards increased visibility and recognition of some children, but not all?,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 36–65, 2020.
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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.},
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  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS},
  keywords     = {MIGR,HRC,children’s rights,literature review,REFUGEE CHILDREN,SEPARATED CHILDREN,SEEKING ASYLUM,UNACCOMPANIED MINORS,EUROPEAN ASYLUM,INTERESTS,CONVENTION,MIGRANT,LAW,VULNERABILITY},
  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Thirty years of research on children's rights in the context of migration : towards increased visibility and recognition of some children, but not all?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801008},
  volume       = {28},
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