The IOM and UNICEF release a new publication denouncing the situation of child migrants crossing the Mediterranean
Migrants are suffering appalling violations of their rights when trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean route. Children are especially vulnerable to these abuses, being often trafficked and exploited. UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration released a new study that analyses the journeys of some 11,000 young refugees and migrants attempting to go to Europe seeking better futures. The report finds out that those children from sub-Saharan Africa, those travelling alone, those with low levels of education and those undertaking longer journeys are the most exposed to these sorts of violence and abuses. Moreover, trafficked children may experience several kinds of exploitation, such as forced labour, sexual exploitation, violence and abuse, child marriage or captivity, among others.
To learn more about this issue, access the full study here.
- Migrant rights