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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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Unaccompanied migrant minors: refugees or economic migrants?
There is no doubt that unaccompanied migrant minors constitute a major humanitarian issue. Whether they are refugees or economic migrants is a question that should be relegated to a lower priority, because, regardless of their classification, they are in desperate need to be rejoined with their families. In essence, an unaccompanied migrant child is facing the same risks, albeit to a greater scale, that a refugee faces.