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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

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Human Rights, Children and Migration database
This interactive tool aims to highlight the standards established by UN Human Rights Committees concerning the rights of children in the context of migration. This project has been developed by the Human Rights Center of the National University of Lanus and UNICEF Division of Policy and Practice.

Innocenti Research Centre
The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy was established to strengthen the capacity of UNICEF and its cooperating institutions to respond to the evolving needs of children and to develop a new global ethic for children. It promotes the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in both developing and industrialized countries, thereby reaffirming the universality of children’s rights and of UNICEF’s mandate. The Innocenti Research Centre strives to improve international understanding of the issues relating to children's rights (including migration and trafficking), to promote economic policies that advance the cause of children, and to help facilitate the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in industrialized and developing countries.

Their research promotes greater understanding of the situation of children in migration and to develop recommendations for policy makers and UNICEF programme approaches. The research complements other UNICEF initiatives and its focus is, in particular, on the migration of unaccompanied children, and the situation of migrant children upon arrival at their destination.

MigrantInfo database
MigrantInfo is an online database adapted from DevInfo containing data on indicators related to global migration. Developed by UNICEF in partnership with UN/DESA and the University of Houston, the database allows users to generate tables, graphs and maps using the latest available estimates of the international migrant stock, disaggregated by age and gender.

External resources

Child Migration Research Network
The Child Migration Research network has been established to help assess the impact of migration on children and youth.  The aim of the CMRN is to bring together researchers who look at how migration affects children and to highlight research work, especially that in grey literature or other hard to reach sources, that focuses on this area.

Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty
The Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty aims to promote new policy approaches that will help to maximize the potential benefits of migration for poor people, whilst minimizing its risks and costs. Visit their web page on child migration

Global Migration Group
The Global Migration Group is an inter-agency group that aims to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and the provision of more coherent and stronger leadership to improve the overall effectiveness of the United Nations and the international community's policy and operational response to the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration.

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is the research arm of the social sciences at Columbia University in New York. The institute collaborates with UNICEF's research initiatives to produce pioneering social science research and to shape public policy by integrating knowledge and methods across the social scientific disciplines.

United Nations Global Migration Database
The 2006 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the subsequent creation of the Global Forum on Migration and Development have created an unprecedented demand for accurate, up-to-date and policy relevant migration data. In response, the United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in partnership with UNICEF and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation has developed the United Nations Global Migration Database, a comprehensive collection of empirical data on the number (“stock”) of international migrants by country of birth and citizenship, sex and age as enumerated by population censuses, population registers, nationally representative surveys and other official statistical sources from more than 200 countries and territories in the world.




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