Nearly 50 million children have been uprooted worldwide. In many countries, these children face discrimination and xenophobia. This is indicated in the report published today, September 7, by the International Emergency Children's Fund.
According to the report, refugee children make up about half of all refugees. 17 million children are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
More and more children run away from home, not only because of the war, but in the hope of finding a better, safer life.
About 20 million other international child migrants have left their homes for a variety of reasons including extreme poverty or gang violence. Many are at particular risk of abuse and detention because they have no documentation, have uncertain legal status, and there is no systematic tracking and monitoring of their well-being – children falling through the cracks, the report says.
According to the official report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2015, the number of people forced to leave their homes reached a record level.