Refugee and migrant children and youth report severe deprivations while on the move – UNICEF  

PRESS RELEASE Refugee and migrant children and youth report severe deprivations while on the move – UNICEF   UNICEF releases alarming data from poll of nearly 4,000 refugee and migrant children and youth ahead of Global Compact for Migration Summit in Marrakech “I am just used to suffering, and now I view it as normal” – … Continued

Children returned to Central America and Mexico at heightened risk of violence, stigma and deprivation

PRESS RELEASE Children returned to Central America and Mexico at heightened risk of violence, stigma and deprivation UNICEF Child Alert report shows dangerous journeys and deportations intensify root causes of irregular migration Peter Power, UNICEF Ireland’s Executive Director is available for interview. Download the report, photos, video and broll: NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/DUBLIN, 16 August, … Continued

Refugee children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically from uncertainty

DUBLIN / NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 May 2017 – Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psycho-social distress caused by living in a protracted state of limbo, UNICEF warned today. Despite having a legitimate right to join … Continued

More than 150 children estimated to have died taking Central Mediterranean migration route this year

NEW YORK / GENEVA, 21 April 2017 – According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher given that many children on the move are unaccompanied, so their deaths often … Continued

UNICEF hails new Italian law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children as model for Europe

Italian parliament passes law following lobbying efforts and release of UNICEF’s “Child Alert: A Deadly Journey for Children” ROME / GENEVA, 29 March  2017 – UNICEF has praised the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in … Continued

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on new US rules on refugees

NEW YORK, 7 March 2017 – “Refugee children fleeing violence and terror need our support now more than ever. They are among the most vulnerable and traumatized children in the world. UNICEF is committed to continuing our work with the United States and other government partners to help them. “We trust that the measures in … Continued

New European Union returns policies put children at risk says UNICEF, UN agencies and child rights’ organisations

*NOTE* Download UNICEF’s Feb 28 Child Alert on Libya-Italy migration here Brussels, 3 March 2017: The European Commission yesterday adopted a Recommendation and Renewed Action Plan for EU member states to consider in their procedures to return men, women and children staying irregularly in the EU to their countries of origin or transit. It encourages … Continued

A deadly journey for children: North Africa to Europe

UNICEF seeks implementation of six-point agenda to keep refugee and migrant children safe   Photos and report available for download here: DUBLIN/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 28 February 2017 – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in … Continued

Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets children affected by Boko Haram violence in Niger

1.3 million children displaced by violence across region *NOTE* Download multimedia assets here  DUBLIN/NEW YORK/NIAMEY, 24 February 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements. Hundreds of thousands of … Continued

Unaccompanied children arriving by sea to Italy doubles

Special measures urgently needed to protect these vulnerable children from trafficking, exploitation and abuse DUBLIN/LAMPEDUSA, ITALY 13 JANUARY 2017 — Some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived to Italy by sea in 2016 – that’s more than double the 12,360 who arrived during the previous year. These children account for a staggering 91 per cent … Continued

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