Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Children of Migration in the European Union and the United States

Menjívar, Cecilia; & Perreira, Krista M. (2019). Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Children of Migration in the European Union and the United States. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(2: Special Issue), 197-217. PMCID: PMC6583791

Menjívar, Cecilia; & Perreira, Krista M. (2019). Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Children of Migration in the European Union and the United States. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(2: Special Issue), 197-217. PMCID: PMC6583791

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Thousands of minors are migrating unaccompanied to high-income countries. This special issue focuses on unaccompanied migrant minors from the Global South to Europe and the U.S. In this introduction, we seek to complement the contributions to this special issue by shedding light on what resources and experiences unaccompanied migrants arrive with, stressing these young migrants’ challenges at each stage prior to arrival and the challenges they face navigating the receiving context. We first clarify how the international community defines ‘unaccompanied minors’ or ‘unaccompanied children’. We then provide brief histories of unaccompanied minors in immigration flows to the U.S. and the EU. Next, we review the literature on the experiences of unaccompanied minors before, during, and after migration. Finally, we discuss key themes and insights from the articles provided in this special issue.




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Menjívar, Cecilia
Perreira, Krista M.



2019

P2C-Yes. "This special issue is based on papers presented at the “Undocumented, Unaccompanied, and Citizen: Creating Research Directions for Children of Immigration” conference at the University of Texas, Austin, February 25–26, supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities under Grant R13 MD010415-01. We are grateful to the Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas and the Carolina Population Center and its NIH/NICHD center grant (P2C HD050924) for general support."

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

45

2: Special Issue

197-217








PMC6583791


10755

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