Report: Modern Mobility: the role of ICTs in child and youth migration
Author: Linda Raftree, December 5 2013
Migration has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of time, and populations have always moved in search of resources and better conditions. Today, unaccompanied children and youth are an integral part of national and global migration patterns, often leaving their place of origin due to violence, conflict, abuse, or other rights violations, or simply to seek better opportunities for themselves.
It is estimated [The Rights of Children, Youth and Women in the Context of Migration, 2011, PDF format] that 33 million (or some 16 percent) of the total migrant population today is younger than age 20. Child and adolescent migrants make up a significant proportion of the total population of migrants in Africa (28 percent), Asia (21 percent), Oceania (11 percent), Europe (11 percent), and the Americas (10 percent).
The issue of migration is central to the current political debate as well as to the development discussion, especially in conversations about the "post 2015" agenda [Youth Migration, Equity & Inequalities, Post-2015]. Though many organizations are working to improve children’s well-being in their home communities, prevention work with children and youth is not likely to end migration. Civil society organizations, together with children and youth, government, community members, and other stakeholders can help make migration safer and more productive for those young people who do end up on the move.Source and more info