Underage refugees during the second decade of the 21st century (Master thesis)

Κυρκούδη, Κωνσταντίνα/ Kyrkoudi, Konstantina

The purpose of this postgraduate study is the investigation and detailed presentation of the child refugees’ social reality. As “child refugees” are referred the children who follow their parents in their escape route from the war conflicts and the “unaccompanied” minors who try to escape war, too. Particularly, the case of children from Syria, who have come as refugees in Greek territory, is being studied and presented in this thesis. This research was conducted between January 5, 2016 and August 30, 2016 and qualitative research methods were used. An extensive literature review with study of secondary sources (news, internet, files, articles and books) has been accomplished, concerning the Immigration Crisis, the Greek and European legislation framework and the international refugee management organizations. The research has been accomplished with constant updating from news and web releases, with case studies that came out in publicity and with interviews to people related to sectors, which are directly related to the management of minors refugees, such as the police, the Asylum Service and the minors refugees’ hosting center of the Non Governmental Organization “Arsis” in Alexandroupolis, Greece. As for the information evaluation, the qualitative data analysis was chosen. This dissertation attempts to lead to the understanding of the situation resulting from the Contemporary Immigration and Refugee Crisis. The conclusions are the follow. Initially, the formal procedures by which it is necessary to pass a minor refugee is varied and often lengthy. Within the large numbers of refugees entering Europe, are recorded thousands of unaccompanied minors, as well, who travel alone. The dangers facing these children are many. As a result, thousands of them disappear in the European territory. The European legislation, in conjunction with international law, treats minor refugees, especially unaccompanied, as particularly vulnerable groups. In Greek territory, unaccompanied minors are under the protection of the State and special accommodation structures, they are treated differently than adults and they can claim either family reunification or asylum. Finally, these children’s access to education is a challenge and objective for both host countries and the international community
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Refugee children
Keywords: Aσυνόδευτοι ανήλικοι πρόσφυγες,Eκπαίδευση προσφύγων,Άσυλο,Σύγχρονη μεταναστευτική και προσφυγική κρίση,Unaccompanied Underage Refugees,Refugee Education,Asylum,Contemporary Immigration and Refugee Crisis

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