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A cry for help: a study on unaccompanied minors in the Greek and Italian Hotspots

Sufyan, Huda Mohamed (2017) A cry for help: a study on unaccompanied minors in the Greek and Italian Hotspots.

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Abstract:This study entails a problem analysis concerning the Hotspot approach. This report aims at formulating which changes are feasible to implement to better the position of unaccompanied minors in the Greek and Italian Hotspots. Specifically, this thesis will aim to provide an answer to the following research question: how can the Hotspot approach, that has been implemented in Italy and Greece, be reformed to improve the position of unaccompanied minors? For this purpose, a problem orientated case study will be conducted with the help of data, mainly derived from secondary sources, such as policy documents of the European Union but also from independent reports of NGO’s, such as Amnesty International. Moreover, a multi-criteria analysis is executed to select the best solution to the discovered problems. The problem analysis shows that unaccompanied minors are unsafe and neglected in the Hotspots. The outcome of the multi-criteria analysis displays, in its turns, that investment and monitoring are the best policy instruments to use as a solution. The objective of this study is not to imply that the discovered issues apply to all unaccompanied minors across the European Union nor does it imply that the current Hotspot approach would fail if it was implemented in other countries. Hence, the threat of external validity is acknowledged and accepted, mainly because the importance lies within solving the problems for this group in this setting.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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