UNICEF / REFUGEE MIGRANT CHILDREN

17-May-2017 00:01:54
In a new report, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / REFUGEE MIGRANT CHILDREN
TRT: 01:54
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 GMT 18 MAY, 2017; CREDIT UNICEF FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE- MAY 2016, OFF THE COAST OF ITALY

1. Wide shot, a ship at sea during the night
2. Wide shot, refugees and migrants on a rubber boat
3. Med shot, refugees and migrants being transferred to frigate
4. Wide shot, refugees and migrants walking up stairs to frigate
5. Wide shot, refugees and migrants sitting on floor
6. Med shot, little girl eating
7. Pan to right, refugees and migrants sleeping on floor
8. Close up; mother holding little girl
9. Med shot, little girl plays with balloon

17 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“There’s been this five-fold increase in refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010. And that’s, in number terms, up from 66,000 to around 300,000 children travelling alone, many of them teenagers but some of them as young as ten, even nine.”

FILE- MAY 2016, ITALY

11. Med shot, youth sitting and waiting
12. Med shot, youth playing checkers while waiting

17 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We know from our experience of working on the ground in north Africa, in central America, in parts of Asia, in parts of Europe like Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, all of these different countries, that there are many children that aren’t counted and therefore, the number of 300,000 which is a five-fold increase is probably the tip of an iceberg.”

FILE – 30 JANUARY, 2017, MIGRANT DETENTION CENTRE, LIBYA

14. Med shot, mother holding baby
15. Med shot, mother holding child
16. Wide shot, mother looking after baby
17. Med shot, boy behind bars in detention centre
STORYLINE
In a new report, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010.

UNICEF said at least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in 2015-2016, up from 66,000 in 2010-2011. The report released today (18 May), titled ‘A Child is a Child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation’, revealed that an increasing number of these children are taking highly dangerous routes, often at the mercy of smugglers and traffickers, to reach their destinations. UNICEF deputy chief Justin Forsyth said it was evident from working on the ground in many countries that “there are many children that aren’t counted and therefore, the number of 300,000 which is a five-fold increase is probably the tip of an iceberg.”

The report found that some 200,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum across 80 countries and some 100,000 were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015-2016. It also found that 92 percent of all children arriving to Italy were either unaccompanied or separated.

The report noted that children account for approximately 28 percent of trafficking victims globally with Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and the Caribbean accounting for the highest share of children among detected trafficking victims at 64 and 62 percent respectively.

UNICEF called on governments, ahead of the G7 Summit in Italy, to adopt its six-point agenda for action to protect refugee and migrant children. The agenda includes protecting these children from exploitation and violence and ending their detention by introducing a range of practical alternatives. It also calls for keeping families together as the best way to protect children as well as providing children with access to education, health, and other services. The agenda calls on governments to press for action on the underlying causes of large scale movements of refugees and migrants and promote measures to combat xenophobia, discrimination and marginalization in countries of transit and destination.
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