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Patrizia Rinaldi

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Discipline: Law

Degrees BA: Political Science


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Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
Transition to Adulthood

Brief description:

Multidisciplinary thesis on International Migration. Compendium of Publications..1. Analysis of the Spanish Reception System. 2.Identify the existing system: strengths and weaknesses. 3.Proposals - This work studies the reality of children who are forced to emigrate (unaccompanied children), their path in the transit countries, countries of first arrive and countries of final destination.
The research wants to carry out quantitative, sociological and juridical analysis of unaccompanied migrant children entering from the southern border of Europe. Spain and Italy are countries of the southern border of Europe, the phenomenon is constant growth and objective is to open the 'Pandora's box' and know the reality of numbers, the juridical protection, shelter and training offered to children in care.
The aim is to investigate the reception procedure and placement of each community and / or region, the efficiency of the system and compliance with national, European and international standards.
The detailed knowledge of unaccompanied migrant children who arrived between 2010 and 2015. Age, sex, national origin, familial status. Family migration project or desperate journey finding protection.
The Italian and Spanish protection system, while having the inherent differences, have been created to handle small numbers.
There is widespread acknowledgement that the system of shelter is broken and yet no appetite to fix it. In the face of escalating numbers, in 2016 should be reformed.


Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary. The method is the process of retrieval, analysis and synthesis of sources, necessary to give scientific credibility to this work. Quantitative focus: Explorative value and Causals Hypothesis. Interviews. Delphi Method. Survey divided in five sections. Data Analysis in SPSS. Qualitative focus: Analysis of framework of European Laws, National Immigration Law and The Best Interest of the Child. International Law, CRC, TEDH, Strasburg Court, Human Right European Court.

Keywords: Refugee Children, EU migration and asylum policy, Asylum-Seeking Children

Language(s) of writing: English

Country: Spain

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Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain


Institute of Migration Studies - IUEM

Supervisor: Isabel Lazao
Start date: 19-07-2015
PhD current status: PhD Defended
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Added to catalogue on: 07-09-2018

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