Delmi’s Policy Brief 2020:5 Migration governance and the child’s best interest, authored by Louise Dane, is based on the dissertation “Migration governance and the best interests of the child: Children’s rights to family and private life as governed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and Swedish migration legislation” (Stockholm: Stockholm University). The Brief discusses the principle of the best interests of the child and the right to private and family life in relation to the societal interest of controlling immigration.

Dane’s recommendations include a more structured balance of interests in the legislation and clear, well-motivated decisions; to highlight the balance of interests in migration governance; and to clarify the meaning of the legal interest in migration law. These measures could contribute to a stronger impact on children’s rights and a reinforced legal certainty in migration cases concerning children’s right to private and family life.

Policy Brief 2020:5 is only available in Swedish.

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