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In 2014 there has been a pick in the number of children trying to cross the US-Mexico border. This has provoked heated debates on the relevance on a human rights framework when looking at migrations from South to North America.
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The irregular migration of children is a difficult issue to manage. Because they cannot enter the work environment, they become a burden on the system. They need to be fed, clothed, sheltered and educated. Children are vulnerable to abuse. Because in many cases they are fleeing violence and poverty, the receiving countries feel an obligation to assist them.