Peter Rodrigues on the position of children in immigration law
Children have never acquired their own position in migration law and that is now slowly changing, according to Peter Rodrigues in ‘One World’. Partly as a result of the Children’s Rights Convention and judgments by the Court of Justice in Luxemburg, the tide seems to be turning and there is now more attention for this group.
In his academic research Rodrigues pays attention to vulnerable children and their position in immigration law. Rodrigues is particularly pleased with the recent agreement on the Kinderpardon, the Dutch amnesty scheme for minor asylum seekers, which means that 700 children who had almost given up hope will now be allowed to remain in the Netherlands after all.
The Netherlands has always taken a fairly hard line in this area and as a result has been given an international rap on the knuckles a few times.