South Africa: Foreign children in care in the Western Cape Province

Published: 20/Sep/2015
Source: Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town

by Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen and Marilize Ackermann

The study purports to analyze the position of unaccompanied- and separated foreign children within the context of refugee- and immigration law, and explores the area where migration meets children’s rights. It looks at the profile of foreign children accommodated in CYCCs, the children’s reasons for migration, the circumstances around placement in residential care institutions, and looks at efforts made by social workers to trace and reunify foreign children with their families. Lastly, the children’s documentation status and pathways to durable documentation solutions is assessed. The study will conclude with key findings and recommendations to relevant authorities.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2015