Intelligence agencies in western nations have a growing concern for youth; radicalization usually occurs in earlier years. Social media, disenchantment with American politics, and the rise of xenophobia have contributed to rising radicalization rates. However, in war torn areas, the youth are anything but susceptible to terrorist rhetoric.
Children, aging 10 to 17, have been fleeing the middle east. Alone. Walking across mountains, hiding in trunks, taking dangerous boat rides across borders, these children brave incredible hardship as they attempt to escape the reaches of extremism.
France’s makeshift child immigrant camp, The Jungle, will be torn down shortly. The conditions of the camp are not suitable for children. The camp houses 1,300 immigrant kids. Some children will be sent to their parents in Britain, while most will be housed by the French government.
What is the best way to ensure these children are taken care of? Is the immigrant crisis just an opportunity to re-invent the foster care system? Which countries have a responsibility to provide for the children’s needs?