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Title Page of the Law Library Report on "Legal Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors"
Title Page of the Law Library Report on "Legal Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors"

Law Library Report on Legal Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors Published

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A report examining the legal treatment of unaccompanied minors in selected countries is now available on the Law Library of Congress website. The report contains individual country surveys for Brazil, Canada, Chile, the European Union (EU), Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Malta, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (UK).

The report addresses the definitions given under each country’s laws to those considered unaccompanied minors. It describes the types of protection available to unaccompanied minors in the surveyed countries in terms of residency, legal representation, exemption from removal proceedings, and the need to handle interviews with sensitivity to the potential trauma the minors may have experienced. Information on services provided to qualified minors, including vocational training, healthcare, housing, and public education, is further provided.

The report describes the restrictions imposed by each surveyed country on eligibility for asylum, both those that apply specifically to minors, and those that apply to asylum seekers irrespective of age. Additional information on the rules that apply to the detention of unaccompanied minors as well as refugee resettlement and family reunification is also included.

We invite you to review our report. This report is an addition to the Law Library’s Legal Reports (Publications of the Law Library of Congress) collection, which includes over 4,000 historical and contemporary legal reports covering a variety of jurisdictions, researched and written by foreign law specialists with expertise in each area. To receive alerts when new reports are published, you can subscribe to email updates and the RSS feed for Law Library Reports (click the “subscribe” button on the Law Library’s website). The Law Library also regularly publishes articles related to immigration topics in the Global Legal Monitor.

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