Harrowing Journeys - Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation
Young migrants and refugees set out to escape harm or secure better futures – and face staggering risks in the process. For children and youth on the move via the Mediterranean Sea routes to Europe, the journey is marked by high levels of abuse, trafficking and exploitation. Harrowing Journeys is based on the testimonies of some 22,000 migrants and refugees, including some 11,000 children and youth, interviewed by IOM along the Central and Eastern Mediterranean routes to Europe in 2016 and 2017.
The findings from the report underscore the urgent need for action, including establishing safe and regular pathways for children on the move; strengthening services to protect migrant and refugee children whether in countries of origin, transit or destination; finding alternatives to the detention of children on the move; working across borders to combat trafficking and exploitation; and combating xenophobia, racism and discrimination against all migrants and refugees.