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Children at borders

This chapter focuses on the position of children seeking to enter industrialised countries as asylum seekers or undocumented migrants. The focus of the chapter is on borders in Southern Europe where thousands regularly attempt to cross from Africa or from the Middle East and South East Asia and the subsequent passage of refugees through parts of Northern Europe. For many, Southern Europe is but a further stepping stone in a journey to Northern Europe and, possibly, North America. Here we examine the struggles many would-be refugees endure to seek to enter Europe and the practices of deterrence that aim to exclude them. Within this broad context, the particular practices directed towards children at borders are examined.