Asia’s Child Migrants

by Bina D’Costa – Child Migration Specialist, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti

Leaving one’s birthplace to move to a new region or country has been one of the central features of human civilisation. An estimated 214 million people worldwide are international migrants and 740 million people are internal migrants.[i] Migration is not always a negative experience. Yet, the contemporary history of migration is replete with stories of conflict, persecution, economic hardship and trauma. Data from the UN agencies tell us that we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

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An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees.[ii] There are also 10 million stateless people. Though the UNHCR provides most of the data for displaced persons, there is not enough precise collection, analysis and distribution of age and sex-disaggregated data on overall migration flows. A very large number of displaced children living close to camps and elsewhere are undocumented. What we do know is that children represent about half of the displaced population globally.

Read the full article at https://www.unicef-irc.org/article/1424/

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