The Call to Action confirms alarming holes in the availability, reliability, timeliness and accessibility of data and evidence that are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families.
“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.
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?