Accompanied child irregular migrants who arrive to Spain in small boats: experiences and health needs

Jiménez-Lasserrotte, María Del Mar, López-Domene, Esperanza, Fernández-Sola, Cayetano, Hernández-Padilla, José Manuel, Fernández-Medina, Isabel María and Granero-Molina, José ORCID: (2020) Accompanied child irregular migrants who arrive to Spain in small boats: experiences and health needs. Global Public Health, 15 (3) . pp. 345-357. ISSN 1744-1692 [Article] (doi:10.1080/17441692.2019.1665083)

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The European Union is the preferred destination of child irregular migrants arrived from northern Africa, who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea in small boats. Accompanied Child Irregular Migrants (AChIMs) are exposed to physical and psychological risk. The objective of our study is to describe and understand the experiences and health needs of AChIMs who arrive to Spain in small boats, through the testimony of adults who accompany them on the journey. A qualitative study, based on Gadamer's hermeneutic phenomenology, was performed. After obtaining approval from the Ethics and Research Committee, we conducted in-depth interviews on 32 adults who travelled with AChIMs. Two main themes emerged: (1) The journey a child should never have to take, with the subthemes 'AChIMs as a paradigm of vulnerability' and 'Crossing the sea, playing with death' and (2) Characterising emergency care to AChIMs, with the subthemes 'Prioritising specific care', 'Identifying high-risk situations' and 'The detaining of innocent children'. AChIMs, along with adults, risk their lives in such a dangerous and perilous journey, therefore, finding out about their experiences may contribute to improving the treatment of their specific health needs during the phases of rescue and emergency care.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Childs migrants, accompanied immigrant minors, boat children, qualitative research
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 27664
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global Public Health on 13/09/2019, available online:
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 08:14
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 23:20

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