Making the invisible visible

The identification of unaccompanied and separated girls in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Serbia


Migration is gendered, with gender roles, relations and inequalities influencing who migrates, why and how they move, and where they end up. Gender shapes the risks and threats that male and female migrants experience on their journey and on arrival, how they cope and the mechanisms in place for their protection.

In April 2019, the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants noted that “an increasing number of women are moving on their own, which is leading to a so-called feminization of migration. There has also been an increase in the number of girls on the move who are unaccompanied or separated from their loved ones, often travelling along migration routes that are notoriously dangerous for adolescent girls. 

This publication analyzes their "invisibility" which causes lack of access to services, including children protection, which can increase their vulnerability. 

How to make the invisible visible
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