Nearly half of all refugees are children, says Unicef

07 Sep 2016
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The Guardian

The Guardian reports on a massive increase in child refugees, 75% over five years, amounting to 50 million child migrants worldwide. The figures, released in a new report from UNICEF, show that children make up more than half of the world’s refugees, disproportionate, given that less than a third of the global population are under 18 years of age. “Today, nearly one in every 200 children in the world is a refugee,” said Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s deputy executive director. Child refugees risk abuse, exploitation and are denied fundamental rights. The systems for protection of those fleeing conflict and persecution are currently tailored to adults, failing to account for children’s needs. The report calls for a greater commitment to upholding the CRC globally.

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