Reaching the age of majority means freedom and independence,
but not for migrant children, for whom it signals the beginning
of a nightmare. At a stroke, these children lose all their rights
and all the benefits previously afforded to them, be it in terms
of social welfare, education, housing or access to health care.
They are left facing several options: returning to their country
of origin, going into hiding – which means exposing them to the
risks of falling prey to prostitution or terrorism networks – or,
depending on the host country, being afforded protection and an
extension of some of their rights for a limited period.
Consequently, it is proposed to establish a transition category,
take measures geared to welfare, education, health care and housing
and set up specific training programmes.