Distinguishing Minors From Adults in a Tide of Young Migrants

Distinguishing Minors From Adults in a Tide of Young Migrants

"Newly arrived migrants were lining up at the train station in this border town for their first registration one recent evening. In a group of young Afghans traveling on their own, Matin, from Kabul, said he was 17 years old. A police officer laughed. “Yes, you and all your friends are 17,” he said. “You know how often I hear that every day?” One of the hardest challenges in processing unaccompanied teenage migrants is to determine whether they are still minors. Their legal situation changes radically on their 18th birthday."

 

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  • Bennhold, Katrin. "Distinguishing Minors From Adults in a Tide of Young Migrants", New York Times, October 28, 2015.
  • Family immigration
  • Human rights
  • Illegal immigrant
  • Immigration policies
  • Immigration policy
  • Migration management
  • Mobility/Immobility
  • Refugee