Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children (UNICEF)

This report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. This UNICEF report presents – for the first time – comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move and some of the dangers they face along the way.

Based on the findings of the report and its work in the field, UNICEF has developed six goals and practical suggestions to protect child migrants and refugees and provide them with hope for the future:

  • Protect child refugees and migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, from exploitation and violence;
  • End the detention of children seeking refugee status or migrating;
  • Keep families together as the best way to protect children and give children legal status;
  • Keep all refugee and migrant children learning and give them access to health and other quality services;
  • Press for action on the underlying causes of large-scale movements of refugees and migrants;
  • Promote measures to combat xenophobia, discrimination and marginalization in countries of transit and destination.
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Thu 01 Sep 2016
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