Protected on Paper? An analysis of Nordic country responses to asylum-seeking children

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • March 7th, 2019

Throughout the last decades, all the countries of the Nordic region have been rightly recognized for their constant efforts to promote and protect the human rights of children. Although child rights have strong foundations in all these States, the State Parties appear to have failed to protect the basic human rights of children on the move. A child, irrespective of her or his migration or asylum status, is first and foremost a child. This means that all governments have a legal responsibility to ensure that no child is discriminated against in terms of receiving second-tier protection or care arrangements, insufficient health services or segregated educational services.

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