Child first, migrant second : ensuring that every child matters

CRAWLEY, Heaven

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February 2006
80 p

This paper attempts to address the growing tension between family law, policy and practice and immigration law, policy and practice. The paper claims that this tension 'is closely associated with the politicisation of asylum and immigration policy and the growing use of the welfare state as a tool for controlling immigration'. The aim of this paper is to examine the impact of recent changes in asylum and immigration law and practice on children subject to immigration control, which increasingly look at immigrant children, first as immigrants and second as children. It focuses on four areas of experiences: policy and practice around separated asylum seeking children; the use of poverty and detention as instruments for controlling families, and the implications for the children; the implications of current policy on trafficked children; the invisibility of privately fostered children. This paper is aimed at policy makers, judges, practitioners and social workers who routinely come into contact with children subject to immigration control

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