Unaccompanied minors from the Northern-Triangle and Mexico have been arriving at the United States border in large numbers over the past decade as a result of forced migration movements. Although the arrival of unaccompanied minors is not a new phenomenon in the United States, recent administrations have responded in ways that have made the country's immigration system increasingly hostile towards them.
However, this issue is not exclusive to the United States. Unaccompanied minors traveling alone to Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada, or the United States face similar dangers and are particularly vulnerable to abuse and trafficking. Regardless of jurisdiction, the treatment, care, and protection of the human rights of unaccompanied minors pose significant challenges. Around the world, unaccompanied minors are subject to similar human rights violations, and both international and domestic laws have proven to be ineffective in protecting them.
As long as countries prioritize the enforcement of their immigration laws, which are not designed to protect minors, the human rights and international standards of unaccompanied minors will continue to be violated as they migrate and seek asylum. It is crucial to recognize and address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of unaccompanied minors. Only then can we hope to ensure their safety and protect their fundamental human rights.
Comparative Immigration Policies for Unaccompanied Minors: A Shared Challenge,
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