SOS Children Villages publishes Position Paper On Migrant and Refugee Children

Children on the move are entitled to universal human rights, but their rights are often violated. Read the 10 recommendations addressing the issue.

Children are affected by migration in at least three ways: they move with their family; they migrate alone, without their parents or legal guardians; or they are left behind by migrant parents who have no other option than going abroad to secure the means of subsistence for their family.

In all these cases, children face specific challenges to the rights to special protection and care. Thus, it is vital that policy and programme responses to the movement of refugees and migrants include provisions that grant children the continuum of care and access to relevant support services. Only in this way can children continue to flourish amidst migration and be positively integrated in whatever community they live in.

SOS Children’s Villages has produced a set of recommendations to ensure that children continue to receive appropriate treatment and care, regardless of their migration status or that of their parents, and in line with international standards. 

Read the document here.