Making Human Rights a Reality for Refugee Children: A Prerequisite to Local Integration as a Durable Solution

  • Emily Arnold-Fernández


This chapter focuses on the various legal and policy tools available to promote refugee human rights, particularly for children. Based on the author’s observations while working as a human rights lawyer with Asylum Access, it emphasizes that durable solutions for refugee children should include local integration and tailored solutions that close the gap between rights on paper and rights in reality. This chapter argues that refugee-hosting countries can create an environment of respect and allow for integration through the use of five tools: legal aid, community legal empowerment, policy advocacy, strategic litigation, and movement-building. Three case studies are used to illustrate how these tools can be effective durable solutions for challenges facing child refugees in Ecuador, Thailand, and Tanzania. The chapter concludes that these tools and solutions, even if they lack permanence, may enable refugee children to actively live a fulfilling life within the country they reside.


Local Integration Legal Assistance Refugee Child Host Government Refugee Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Arnold-Fernández
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  1. 1.Asylum AccessOaklandUSA

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