23 August 2023

Policy brief: Priority actions for inclusion of refugee children in Indonesia

Indonesia is considered a transit country for refugees and asylum seekers in the Southeast Asia region which has received over 13,000 refugees coming from over 42 countries in recent years. In the last few years, resettlement options for refugees and asylum seekers in safe third countries have been shrinking and voluntary repatriation to their conflict-ridden countries has often not been feasible. The situation of refugees has been further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of national borders. As such, refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia live in a state of permanent temporariness. UNHCR and UNICEF support the Government of Indonesia in accelerating efforts to promote and protect the rights of refugee children and host communities on the basis of the pledges made by the government at the Global Refugee Forum in 2019. In 2022, a Policy Brief: Priority actions for inclusion of refugee children in Indonesia was developed to underpin advocacy with national and sub-national authorities on the inclusion of refugee children in routine child protection, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policies, service delivery and data systems. The Policy Brief provides analysis and recommendations on the priority actions in the areas of education, child protection and WASH, as well as on policy reform, budgeting, financing and coordination at the national and sub-national levels.