Children without borders: A mapping of the literature on unaccompanied migrant children to the United States

Lilian Chavez, Cecilia Menjívar

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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 and 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-111
Number of pages41
JournalMigraciones Internacionales
Volume5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Child migration
  • Mexico
  • Transnational migration
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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