Lost at home

The risks and challenges for internally displaced children and the urgent actions needed to protect them

A 9 year-old waiting for her clothes to dry near her new home, a former warehouse now housing over 5,000 people displaced from eastern Aleppo, Syria.


Today, more children than ever before are displaced within their own countries. At the end of 2019, an estimated 46 million people were internally displaced by conflict and violence. More than 4 in 10, or 19 million, were to be children.

This report presents the scale and scope of the internal displacement of children and their families around the world. In many countries, internally displaced children persistently lack access to basic services. They are vulnerable to abuse, violence and exploitation as social norms break down and protective services are no longer available, and often their education is disrupted by delaying or entirely interrupting their learning.

UNICEF calls for strategic investments and united efforts from governments, civil society, private sector, humanitarian actors and children themselves to address the child-specific drivers of displacement, especially all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. UNICEF also calls on governments convening under the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, established by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, to take concrete action and bring long-term solutions to these challenges. 

Please contact: data@unicef.org


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