GMDAC Data Briefing - Child migrants: How little we know
The number of children seeking asylum in Europe increased tenfold between 2008 and 2016 (UNICEF, 2017). These children are part of the population of under- 18-year-olds migrating to Europe for reasons ranging from accompanying parents headed to a new job to entering irregularly, and perhaps exploited by traffickers and invisible to the community. Few of those children who migrate but do not seek asylum are counted. Yet, strong data are essential for understanding the situation of child migrants and addressing their needs. Foremost among these is their need for protection as refugees and displaced persons, and above all, their needs as children.
This data briefing, produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, examines the shortfalls of data on migrant childs in Europe.
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