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Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, HLS


Child migration is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon spanning continents, age groups, and family patterns governed by two intersecting but not overlapping governance regimes. One of these two regimes is the migration regime, designed to uphold sovereign state borders and manage migration flows. The other is the child rights regime, a governance framework that privileges the protection of the best interests of the child. This article focuses on the mobility of adolescents, their needs, their challenges, and the implications of the complex and sometimes contradictory governance regimes impinging on these youthful migrations.


Bhabha, Jacqueline. "Governing Adolescent Mobility: The Elusive Role of Children’s Rights Principles in Contemporary Migration Practice." Childhood, August 2019, Vol.26(3), pp.369-385 26.3 (August 2019): 369-85.