Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Many young migrants crossing Med victims of abuse : UN

trying to migrate to Europe
More than three-quarters of children and young adults trying to migrate to Europe across the Mediterranean are victims of abuse on the dangerous journey, according to a UN report published today.

Children's rights agency UNICEF and the International Organisation for Migration said young migrants coming from sub-Saharan Africa were particularly at risk from abuse.

The UN agencies surveyed 22,000 migrants and refugees including 11,000 children and young people.

Their report says 77% of children and young people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe had suffered "direct experiences of abuse, exploitation and practices which may amount to human trafficking."

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