Children on the Move

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Millions of children are on the move, both within and between countries, with or without their parents. The conditions under which movement takes place are often treacherous, putting migrant children, especially unaccompanied and separated children, at an increased risk of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. Policy responses to protect and support these migrant children are often fragmented and inconsistent and while children on the move have become a recognised part of today's global and mixed migration flows they are still largely invisible in debates on both child protection and migration.



Challenges faced in protecting children on the move: An NGO perspective

This paper focuses on the assistance and protection that children on the move need and could receive from the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector. As used in this paper, the term ‘children on the move’ refers to all those persons under the age of 18 who have left their place of habitual residence and are either on the way towards a new destination, or have reached such destination not long ago. As this definition brings together children in various situations, there is considerable diversity in their protection and assistance needs. Consequently a large number of actors and service providers, including NGOs with various mandates and of different sizes, should be intervening on their behalf. Currently, however, such intervention is far from sufficient and not always in the best interests of the child.


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