Children Without Borders: A Mapping of the Literature on Unaccompanied Migrant Children to the United States

Migraciones Internacionales, 5 (3): 71-111, 2010

21 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2013

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Lilian Chavez

Arizona State University (ASU)

Cecilia Menjívar

Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

In this article, we seek to map out what we know concerning unaccompanied migrant minors, with a focus on unaccompanied migrant children coming to the United States. We base our review on research reports that document the migration of Mexican and Central American children. In contrast to reports that focus on only the receiving end, we take a broader approach to shedding light on the different facets of the unaccompanied children's migration. Thus, we include the following areas: the migration processes (initiation, transit, arrival and integration in both Mexico and the United States); the institutions (shelters and detention centers) involved in unaccompanied minors' migration; and the glocal polity (local, national, and international laws) that have a profound impact on this migration.

Keywords: migrant children, unaccompanied migrant children, Central American migrants, Mexican migrants

Suggested Citation

Chavez, Lilian and Menjívar, Cecilia, Children Without Borders: A Mapping of the Literature on Unaccompanied Migrant Children to the United States (2010). Migraciones Internacionales, 5 (3): 71-111, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333016

Lilian Chavez

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Cecilia Menjívar (Contact Author)

Department of Sociology ( email )

Lawrence, KS 66045-7585
United States

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