Accompanied migrant minors in detention
HLIANA PAPACHARALAMPOUS & WILLEM-JAN VAN DER WOLF
Accompanied and unaccompanied minors are a particularly vulnerable
subset of migrants. Young and alone, they find themselves in a situation of ‘double vulnerability’: as children, and as children affected by migration.
According to the UNHCR, an estimated 50 million children are on the move in the world today, and the number of asylum-seeking and migrant children travelling alone has dramatically increased since 2010.
Despite a significant decline from data registered in previous years (in particular in 2015), the number of migrant and refugee children arriving
in Europe is still high, and it puts significant strain on asylum systems, challenging governments to uphold their rights and to provide essential
On 2022, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued two Chamber judgments, in which it reaffirmed that the respect for the double vulnerability of child asylum seekers must be a primary consideration, and not just an equal consideration to other factors (such as their irregular status).
In this monograph you will find the key cases related to this subject and some background information.