Reimagining Migration Responses

Learning from children and young people who move in the Horn of Africa



A growing number of children and young people worldwide are migrating in search of a better life. In 2019, 33 million migrants were under 18. They decide to leave for various reasons – from job prospects, to joining loved ones, to ensuring their own safety. Despite its pervasiveness, legal restrictions often deny people safe ways of migrating.

In the Horn of Africa, migration has long been a key coping strategy. Recently however, migration has been framed in terms of risk rather than opportunity. UNICEF’s new research captures the experiences of 1,290 migrant children and young people in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland and Puntland to help paint a more accurate picture of migration in the region. This will in turn help ensure that they are better protected and supported.

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