Child migration in the US and Spain : towards a global border regime ?
Article [Accepted Manuscript]
Is part ofInternational migration ; vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 29-44.
In The New Politics of Immigration, Professor Catherine Dauvergne proposes that as migration policies converge at the global level the traditional difference between settler societies and former European colonies is becoming irrelevant. To test this argument, this paper addresses the impact of externalization, militarization, detention and deportation on unaccompanied migrant children along the southern Spanish and US borders. I conclude that the combined used of these strategies is designed to keep all unwanted migrants away from the physical border of the state regardless of their background and prevents children from accessing specific protections. Current border policy in these two countries shows the primacy of national security concerns over human rights and supports Dauvergne’s argument that distinctions between former colonies and settler societies are disappearing. The evidence considered here points towards an increasingly restrictive and punitive global border regime, but one with regional variations.