A Deadly Journey for Children: The Central Mediterranean Migrant Route

Date: 7th March 2017
Category: Refugee , migrant and asylum-seeking children

A new report provides an in-depth look at the extreme risks facing refugee and migrant children as they make the perilous journey from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Italy.

Three quarters of the refugee and migrant children interviewed as part of a UNICEF survey said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey.

As part of a series highlighting the challenges faced by children in various crisis situations, this UNICEF Child Alert focuses on refugee and migrant children and women transiting the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Europe. The briefing presents findings on the sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention they suffer, and outlines UNICEF's call to action for implementation of a six-point plan to keep refugee and migrant children and women safe.