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A child is a child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation



Millions of children are on the move across international borders – fleeing violence and conflict, disaster or poverty, in pursuit of a better life. Hundreds of thousands move on their own. When they encounter few opportunities to move legally, children resort to dangerous routes and engage smugglers to help them cross borders. Serious gaps in the laws, policies and services meant to protect children on the move further leave them bereft of protection and care. Deprived, unprotected, and often alone, children on the move can become easy prey for traffickers and others who abuse and exploit them.

The current system is failing refugee and migrant children. States have a responsibility to uphold their rights and protect all children within their borders, without exception. When world leaders adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, they acknowledged the urgent and unmet needs of vulnerable child migrants – especially unaccompanied and separated children – who do not qualify for international protection as refugees and who may need assistance. It is now time to act. Children’s rights are not confined by national borders. Where conflict or disaster, neglect, abuse or marginalization drive children to move, their rights move with them. Leadership is urgently required to forge global agreement on how to protect and guarantee the rights of children as they move, no matter who or where they are.



Année Langue

2017 Anglais

Catégorie Type

Littérature Grise Rapport


Abus, Aide, Droits, Emigration, Enfant, Exploitation, Mauvais Traitement, Mesures, Programmes, Protection


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