The Criminalisation of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

Voices from the Detention Processes in Greece

Greece is a key EU entry country for unaccompanied migrant minors seeking safety but such children are frequently criminalised through detention processes. Giving voice to migrant children throughout, Papadopoulos promotes child-friendly practices and the safeguarding of fundamental rights.

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In recent times, Greece is often viewed as the gateway to Europe for high numbers of asylum-seeking individuals, including unaccompanied minors. Between 2016 and 2020, under Greek law unaccompanied children were to be temporarily placed in a protective environment upon irregular entry, pending referral to suitable accommodation. However, in practice, they were being subjected to detention procedures instead.

Giving voice to migrant children and professionals throughout, the author combines legal analysis with criminology and unveils the reality within detention facilities. The findings demonstrate that unaccompanied children in Greece are criminalised through detention processes, while being deprived of the right to be heard.

This book promotes child-friendly practices in the international migration context, with a view to safeguarding the fundamental rights of unaccompanied minors experiencing detention upon arrival in host countries.

Ioannis Papadopoulos is Lecturer of Criminology at the University of Salford. His research focuses on immigration detention, children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, crimmigration and qualitative methods of analysis. He is particularly interested in criminology and human rights law, with emphasis placed on children’s rights in the migration and detention settings.

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