Children On The Move is an umbrella term for children moving within a country or between countries with or without their parents or other caregivers for different reasons. Globally 1 in 69 children are displaced within or outside their country according to the International Data Alliance for children on the move. The reasons for children moving include conflict, poverty, violence, natural disasters like floods and storms, climate change discrimination, lack of education and access to services. As a vulnerable group because of their age they are exposed to additional risks to their survival and health. This makes them more likely to experience violence, exploitation or abuse. These children face a variety of rights violations, in the country of origin, transit or in the host countries, from exploitation and violence to being separated from their families, detainment because of their migration status and deprivation of essential protection. The IRC is providing relief to millions in war zones and other countries in crisis; in European countries where refugees continue to seek safety; and in our 20+ resettlement offices in the United States.
Below is the IRC report on Insights into the EU’s response to mixed migration on the Central Mediterranean Route.