Children's Asylum Guidelines

Over the past twenty-five years, international bodies and states have increasingly acknowledged and responded to the unique protection needs of child asylum seekers. Guidelines developed by UNHCR, the United States, Canada, and other countries place children's asylum claims in the context of children's rights under international human rights instruments and norms, and encourage a child-sensitive approach to procedural and substantive issues in children's claims. The guidelines are based on the critical understanding that children seeking asylum are not similarly situated to adults seeking asylum because of their age, development, maturity, understanding, vulnerability, and more limited ability to communicate. Consequently, the guidelines stipulate that asylum procedures and substantive evaluation of children’s claims must be tailored to their needs and experiences.

United States

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Foreign Jurisdictions