FIRST AND FOREMOST CHILDREN, NOT IRREGULAR MIGRANTS
Key words: Child rights, Access to health and social services, Legislation, Irregular migrants
The content and the impact of the recent legislation on internal security on migrant children
and particularly on children whose parents are irregular migrants is presented and
discussed. Also due to the mobilization of civil society and NGO, little has been formally
changed with respect to the right to access health and educational services by migrant
children, but the legislation, by introducing the concept of irregular migration as a crime,
has created ambiguity and uncertainty among professionals and the population and
have led irregular migrant workers and their family members to limit their access to
health and social services, because of their fear of being identified. Professionals involved
in child health and education should become acquainted with the contents and
implications of the new legislation and ensure that the principle of the right of access to
health educational and social services, irrespective of the administrative position of the
parents, as well as the principle of the superior interest of the child, are applied in all
circumstances. Regional legislation can help improve and clarify the contents of national
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