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Unaccompanied Young MigrantsIdentity, Care and Justice$
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Sue Clayton, Anna Gupta, and Katie Willis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331865

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331865.001.0001

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Life (forever) on hold: unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in Australia

Life (forever) on hold: unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in Australia

(p.257) Ten Life (forever) on hold: unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in Australia
Unaccompanied Young Migrants

Kim Robinson

Sandra M. Gifford

Policy Press

This chapter describes the situation of unaccompanied children who have sought asylum and are living in Australia. The chapter highlights changing immigration policy towards unaccompanied children, and the outcome of an increasingly restrictive regime. It critiques their treatment within a human rights and rights of the child framework and discuss the challenges and dilemmas faced by service providers charged with the care and supervision of these children. It concludes with some reflections on models of care that address young people’s needs, promote their rights and challenge the broader political and policy context that impacts so determinately on these children and young adults current well-being and on their futures.

Keywords:   asylum, Australia, human rights, rights of the child, unaccompanied children

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