Giving voice to migrant children during reception and asylum procedures. Illustrations on the implementation of Art. 12 CRC in Greece and Belgium

Papadopoulos, I ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7664-5479 and Van Buggenhout, M 2020, 'Giving voice to migrant children during reception and asylum procedures. Illustrations on the implementation of Art. 12 CRC in Greece and Belgium' , Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica, 18 (2) .

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Abstract

According to a children’s rights’ approach, asylum-seeking children are entitled to special protection. However, reality dictates that as soon as they enter a host country irregularly, they are often criminalised, thus becoming part of the crimmigration debate and as a result they are further deprived of basic human rights including the right to be heard, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This paper starts from a discussion on the fact that children on the migratory pathway need to be granted a central and active role in research, especially in times when new theoretical concepts in the field of juvenile justice and migration policing are introduced. We continue by delving into both an illustration from Greece and Belgium on how the right of the child to participate and to be heard is applied during reception and asylum procedures. We draw attention to the existing peculiarities of rights-based research methods in immigration studies, whilst arguing for holistic approaches that aim to move beyond the decorative concept of voicing children and towards a positive change concerning asylum processes for migrant minors.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica
Publisher: Sociedad Española de Investigación Criminológica
Depositing User: Dr Ioannis Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 10:45
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65088

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