Children on the Move

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Millions of children are on the move, both within and between countries, with or without their parents. The conditions under which movement takes place are often treacherous, putting migrant children, especially unaccompanied and separated children, at an increased risk of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. Policy responses to protect and support these migrant children are often fragmented and inconsistent and while children on the move have become a recognised part of today's global and mixed migration flows they are still largely invisible in debates on both child protection and migration.



Migrant children in child labour: A vulnerable group in need of attention

This article sheds light on the underreported issue of the significant number of children on the move who end up in child labour. It builds on insights and conclusions drawn in a comprehensive literature review undertaken in 2010 (ILO-IPEC, 2010a). It follows from a recommendation made by the Inter-Agency Working Group on Children on the Move (in 2011) to analyse existing data and information from various disciplines – including child labour – for information on migrant children.


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