A Better “Best Interests”: Immigration Policy in a Comparative Context

Citations of this article
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
Get full text


This conceptual article examines the role and limitations of the best interests standard in international and domestic policy, with a particular focus on how the standard is implicated in the treatment of unaccompanied minors in the United States. Motivated by emergent interdisciplinary scholarship on global youth and informed by a comparative consideration of best interests across other professions, we propose a new model of best interests. This model calls for a multidimensional recognition of youths’ family-, community- and decision-making contexts; acknowledgment of youths’ rights; and a commitment to speaking with, rather than for, young people. What results is a novel and dynamic understanding of best interests with relevance to scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.




Statz, M., & Heidbrink, L. (2019). A Better “Best Interests”: Immigration Policy in a Comparative Context. Law and Policy, 41(4), 365–386. https://doi.org/10.1111/lapo.12135

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free