If you believe a child is a child no matter what,
share this to stand with refugee and migrant children.

Discover UNICEF's six-point agenda for action to keep refugee and migrant children safe.

NEW: United Nations Secretary-General report Making migration work for all describes migration as one of the most urgent and profound tests of
international cooperation in our time. >> Read now 


UNICEF’s Beyond Borders: How to make the global compacts on migration and refugees work for uprooted children highlights best practices for the care and protection of refugee and migrant children. The report includes practical examples of governments, civil society partners and host communities working to support and integrate uprooted children and their families. >> Read now


“We risked our lives to come here,” says 17-year-old Mohammad, who travelled through Libya to seek asylum in Italy. “We crossed a sea. We knew it is not safe, so we sacrificed. We do it, or we die.”

Some of the world’s most dangerous migration routes cross the Mediterranean Sea – a major pathway to Europe for migrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Up to three-quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on these migration routes. Some are more vulnerable than others: those travelling alone, those with low levels of education and those undertaking longer journeys.

Most vulnerable of all are those who, like Mohammad, come from sub-Saharan Africa.

These findings come from a new UNICEF and International Organization for Migration report Harrowing Journeys: Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation.

As the world continues to grapple with the reality of migration and displacement, the report’s findings underscore the urgent need for action to protect the most vulnerable among those on the move.

A child is a child. It's now time to act.

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Rohingya refugee crisis

A Rohingya baby in Bangladesh

Since violence erupted across Rakhine State, Myanmar, on 25 August 2017,  Rohingya refugees have poured across the border to Bangladesh.

Close to 1.2 million people now need humanitarian assistance in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Some 720,000 of them are children.

This is the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world today and the risk of it turning into a human catastrophe is all too real.

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Agenda for Action

UNICEF is calling for a six-point plan to keep
refugee and migrant children safe

Children uprooted around the world

Stand with children uprooted

Do you believe a child is a child?  That before migrants or refugees we are children first? That we should be protected? And we shouldn’t be locked up? Do you believe we should be able to stay with our families? Have the chance to go to school? And not be caught in wars we don’t understand?


For every migrant, refugee and displaced child, education

Whether a migrant, refugee or internally displaced, a child is a child. And every child has the right to an education.

Yet many of the 50 million uprooted children in the world are in desperate need of education.

Children who are uprooted from their homes lose much more than the roof over their heads. Many lose family members, friends, safety and routines. Without an education, they risk losing their futures.

UNICEF’s new report Education Uprooted: For every migrant, refugee and displaced child, education is a call to find solutions so every child can go to school and learn.

For without education, how will they gain knowledge and skills to rebuild their lives? How will they be able to chart a path to a more peaceful and prosperous future for themselves, their families, their communities and the world?

72 per cent of children in South Sudan are not in school.

In times of crisis, quality education offers hope and the chance of a future.

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A fight for education like you’ve never seen before video

“One child moving alone is one too many, and yet today, there are a staggering number of children doing just that – we as adults are failing to protect them.”

Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director

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