The “Missing” Refugees: Unaccompanied Minors
- Mark Correnti
- June 17, 2016
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Two new reports out this week on child refugees. According to a new UNICEF Report, the number of unaccompanied children that crossed from north Africa to Italy in early 2016 doubled from a year earlier. Of all minors who did migrate via this route, 92% were unaccompanied (IOM).
Per a Smithsonian article:
- Like other migrants, children on the move are in danger of drowning, dehydration, extortion and detention as they travel.
- A joint report of Europol and Interpol found that smugglers netted about $6 billion last year alone.
- Beatings, rapes and deaths have also been reported.
- Packed detention centers, overburdened welfare systems and slow processing means that children can fall through the cracks.
Per a BBC report:
More than 10,000 migrant children have disappeared after arriving in Europe over the past two years.
Photo: Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press. Syrian refugee girl.
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