ISEMI: New research begins on the best interests of the child in the context of migration.

Directed by Géraldine Mathieu, Laura Merla et Sylvie Sarolea

Migrant children make up a large proportion of uprooted people. International, European and numerous national laws, including Belgian law, here as a laboratory, affirm the right of the child to have his or her interests as a primary consideration. Is this principle effectively implemented in the field of immigration? Is the child treated first and foremost as a child or as a migrant?

The project combines two interrelated approaches: one targets case law and the other the social representations and professional practices of actors in the field. The objective is to analyse the motivation behind the reasoning adopted by administrative and jurisdictional authorities as well as the powers of those who adopt them when they rule on minors in a migratory situation.