The “Missing” Refugees: Unaccompanied Minors

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.

Mark Correnti

 

 

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