Reviewing "Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age"


FACULTI - Human Rights - Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age

(In the video above, author Jacqueline Bhabha discusses her work).

Meredith Oyen (University of Maryland Baltimore County) reviews Jacqueline Bhabha, Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age, for H-Diplo, a book that covers a subject both contemporary and with long historical roots:

"The dilemma of child migration burst onto the U.S. consciousness in the spring and summer of 2014. Debates over what caused the sudden uptick in unaccompanied minors reaching the southern U.S. border alternately blamed gang violence in the primary sending countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; President Barack Obama’s immigration policy and particularly the implementation of a modified “DREAM Act” by executive order; the legacies of American meddling in Central American politics going back to the early Cold War; and the unintended consequences of the immigration laws passed in 1986 and 1996 that militarized the border, limited circular seasonal migration, and broadened the scope of deportations. What has gotten lost in the political debate are the basic human rights of the children huddled in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) detention facilities awaiting a decision on their fate. Jacqueline Bhabha’s masterful study of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age aims to correct that oversight."


[...] In the course of seven chapters highlighting such issues as family reunification, child citizenship, international adoption, child sex and labor trafficking, child soldiers, children as refugees or asylum claimants, and children’s rights, Bhabha demonstrates that the disconnect between the ideals of human rights and the actual experiences of child migrants has devastating consequences all over the world.

Read the rest of the review by Meredith Oyen (University of Maryland Baltimore County) at H-Diplo