This study of the issues related to the rights of unregistered immigrant children used delphi survey, focus group interviews with expert groups and in-depth interviews with individual unregistered immigrant children in order to examine essential rights of these children, issues that can be resolved and main issues of rights arising from specific developmental stages.
According to delphi survey, the most essential rights for currently unregistered immigrant children in Korea are right to stay in Korea, right to live with their parents, right to receive proper education, right to protection, right to equality, and right to social welfare, in order of decreasing importance. On the other side, the issues which are highly probable to be addressed are right to receive proper education, right to protection, right to live with parents, right to equality, right to social welfare, and right to stay, in order of decreasing probability. It appeared that there are significant differences between the importance of these issues and the probability of their resolution among the respondents(t=5.8, p<.001). The results from the interviews with expert groups and individual unregistered immigrant children showed differences for various developmental stages(early childhood, childhood, adolescence).