Unaccompanied minors in Ireland: Current Law, Policy and Practice


Ireland, as a country on the periphery of Europe, has not been significantly impacted by the current refugee crisis. The number of unaccompanied minors (UAM) arriving in Ireland is very low. Perhaps precisely because of this Ireland has had the opportunity to greatly improve its care provision for UAM. As such, it represents a particularly interesting case study regarding current law, policy and practice as regards this cohort. This paper outlines existing and new legislation, presents recent data on UAM and draws on the significant amount of research on UAM in Ireland. 

SourceSocial Work and Society Vol 15, No1/017 Unaccompanied Minors in Europe Part 1 

Author(s):Samantha Arnold, Muireann Ní Raghallaigh
Publisher:Social Work and Society International Online Journal
Publication Date:01 Sep 2017
Geographic Focus:Ireland
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