[Book Review] Unaccompanied young Migrants: Identity, care and justice

Crafter, Sarah (2020). [Book Review] Unaccompanied young Migrants: Identity, care and justice. Children & Society, 34(2) pp. 170–171.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12355


Unaccompanied young migrants: Identity, care and justice breaks new ground by offering a comprehensive picture of a problematic legislative and policy framework surrounding the lives of unaccompanied minors, both in the UK and internationally. Importantly though, the book does this whilst ensuring that the stories and experiences of unaccompanied minors do not get lost. This edited book carefully unpicks the complexities reflected in the contradictions in legislation and policy whilst being mindful of shifting contexts. Two things become manifestly evident very early-on when reading this book. The first, is that the contributors clearly care deeply about the perilous uncertainty that plagues the lives of unaccompanied minors, both before their arrival into their new country and long after it. The second, is that the legislation, policy and border treatments of unaccompanied minors are like sticking plasters, placed one on top of another. For every form of protection in place there is an amendment to policy or practice which seeks to undermine it. On the surface, systems of protection are in place but in reality, there has been systematic failure to deliver that.

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