September 12, 2022
Each year, millions of children worldwide are forced to migrate in search of protection from severe threats to their lives and well-being. They seek refuge from dangers such as gender-based violence, abuse, war, and human trafficking. Many children are unaccompanied by both parents or other relatives and are not being cared for by an adult who is responsible for them, while others are separated from both parents or from their previous legal primary caregiver. Due to their age, developmental stage, and history of trauma, children migrating on their own face increased risks of harm and exploitation.