Media advisory: UNICEF experts available for interviews at Global Refugee Forum
UNICEF advocating for additional support to address specific needs of refugee children and host communities
- More than half of all refugees are children
- More than half of school-aged refugee children are not in school
- At the end of 2018, 138,000 unaccompanied and separated children were on the move alone
WHAT: UNICEF experts available for interviews / comment at the Global Refugee Forum. UNICEF’s focus at the Forum is to gain support from governments and other stakeholder to address the specific needs of refugee children and their host communities. It is also to work with partners and stakeholders to build a better future for refugee children so they are able to integrate into their countries of asylum.
See “Action for refugee children: Good practices bringing the Global Compact for Refugees to life” -- on what’s already working to bring children to classrooms and helping them integrate into their communities.
- In Turkey, the number of refugee children attending formal education doubled from 320,000 in 2016 to nearly 650,000 in 2019.
- In Italy, a voluntary guardianship system has enabled protection and care for unaccompanied minors.
- In Ethiopia, refugees and host communities benefit together from a public water works investment.
UNICEF will announce new commitments in its response to refugee children at the Forum.
WHEN: 16-18 December 2019
WHERE: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Afshan Khan, Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia
Philippe Cori, Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia
Meritxell Relaño, Deputy Director, Emergency Programmes
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