Migrant Children under The Covid-19 Pandemic

The panel title speaks of “migrant childhoods” because, as adults, not all children and adolescents who migrate alone have equivalent profiles. While we can find commonalities in all of them, their particular circumstances may identify them with different statuses. An unaccompanied foreign minor may, in turn, be a victim of the trafficking of human beings or be entitled to international protection. This paper focuses precisely on the status of the unaccompanied migrant minor and asylum seeker and how to respond, from a legal perspective, to this situation of particularly intense vulnerability. This paper is contextualised in Spain and the crisis caused by the closing of borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.