Recently published, (February 2018), this report provides up-to-date data on Children on the Move, beginning with 10 key facts, such as:
- As of 2016, I in 80 children were forcibly displaced.
- In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the number of child refugees worldwide more than doubled from 4 million to 9 million.
- In 2014, 28% of all detected trafficked victims were children (20% girls and 8% boys).
- Worldwide, almost 1 in 10 children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflict and more than 400 million children live in extreme poverty.
- Over 100 countries are known to detain children in immigration detention.
- An adolescent, secondary educated boy in sub-Saharan Africa travelling in a group along the Central Mediterranean route, faces a 73% risk of being exploited – by comparison with a boy of similar age and education profile from another region drops to 38%.
RENATE subscribes to the core principles underpinning UNICEF’s Agenda for Children on the Move:
- Protect uprooted children from exploitation and violence.
- Keep families together and give children legal status.
- End the detention of refugee and migrant children by creating practical alternatives.
- Help uprooted children stay in school and stay healthy.
5 Press for action on the causes that uproot children from their homes.
- Combat xenophobia and discrimination.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.