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Children, Human Rights and Temporary Labour Migration: Protecting the Child-Parent Relationship

ISBN13: 9781032037868
Published: January 2023
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2021)
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This book focuses on the neglected yet critical issue of how the global migration of millions of parents as low-waged migrant workers impacts the rights of their children under international human rights law.

The work provides a systematic analysis and critique of how the restrictive features of policies governing temporary labour migration interfere with provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that protect the child-parent relationship and parental role in children’s lives. Combining social and legal research, it identifies both potential harms to children’s well-being caused by prolonged child-parent separation and State duties to protect this relationship, which is deliberately disrupted by temporary labour migration policies. The book boldly argues that States benefitting from the labour of migrant workers share responsibility under international human rights law to mitigate harms to the children of these workers, including by supporting effective measures to maintain transnational child-parent relationships. It identifies measures to incorporate children’s best interests into temporary labour migration policies, offering ways to reduce interferences with children’s family rights.

This book fills a gap that emerges at the intersection of child rights studies, migration research and existing literature on the purported nexus between labour migration and international development. It will be a valuable resource for academics, researchers and policymakers working in these areas.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Family Law, Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
1. Understanding the landscape: TLM in context
2. Normative and conceptual framework
3. General legal principles
4. Article 27: Is TLM an appropriate form of assistance to parents to meet their children’s development needs?
5. Articles 10(2) and 5: Can TLM policies better support the maintenance of transnational child-parent relationships?
6. Article 16: Do TLM policies generate arbitrary interferences with children’s family life?
7. Articles 18 and 7: State obligations to protect the child-parent relationship: Securing a place for children’s rights in TLM

Appendix I: Summary of policy measures to reduce interferences caused by TLM with CRC provisions and general legal principles that protect the child-parent relationship in international human rights law
Appendix II: Breakdown of key informants

Series: Routledge Research in Asylum, Migration and Refugee Law

The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers ISBN 9780415720762
To be published January 2026
Reconceptualising Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers and the Law ISBN 9781032196305
To be published August 2024
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Reconceptualizing Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers and the Law ISBN 9781032196299
Published September 2022
Serious International Crimes, Human Rights, and Forced Migration ISBN 9780367556235
Published February 2022
European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child ISBN 9781138202054
Published June 2016
Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre ISBN 9781138670419
Published February 2016
European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child (eBook) ISBN 9781135120276
Published July 2014
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European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child ISBN 9780415855013
Published July 2014
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