In the last years the number of unaccompanied foreign minors has grown enormously. The extension of the phenomenon led institutions to compare themselves to unique challenges and to face problems not easy to solve. The unaccompanied foreign minors legal status is hard to define, in fact it can be considered as a mix between children law, full of advantages, and immigration law, built, for the most, as a continuous monitoring system. The paper focuses on the legislative framework and the applied practice, considering different problematic areas, such as the take on responsibility on children, their identification and reception.
Keywords: Unaccompanied foreign minors, best interest of the child, the taking into care of the foreign unaccompanied minors, first reception, second reception, age assessment.