Political conflicts, civil unrest, and poverty are some of the reasons that force families to flee their home countries and seek refuge elsewhere. In 2019, 70.8 million people worldwide were forced to migrate; over half were minors. This heterogeneous group of migrants included work migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of human trafficking, among others. Many of them, including minors, became undocumented and thus have no access to health or welfare services. The global phenomenon of migration will putatively increase with growing social and economic disparities between countries and the globalization, climate change and desertification. Undocumented migrants or asylum-seekers in host countries throughout the world often face arrest, detention, and deportation. In some countries, children, even those born in host countries, are separated from their parents during these processes. Children born in host countries often face the same deleterious treatment. In this chapter, we review the current research literature about the harmful implications of arrest, detention, and deportation on undocumented children’s mental health and discuss the underlying factors of the harmful consequences.
|Title of host publication||Immigrant and Migrant Children|
|Subtitle of host publication||Current Issues and Challenges|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||30|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
- International migration
- Undocumented children