A young boy is carried by a family member walking between makeshift tents along the train tracks in Idomeni, Greece. Unicef/2016/Georgiev

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A deadly journey for children:
The central Mediterranean migration route

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“A deadly journey for children: The central Mediterranean migrant route” 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.

Child Alert is a briefing series that presents the core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time. This issue reveals:

  • Three quarters of the refugee and migrant children interviewed as part of a snapshot survey said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey.
  • Nearly half of the women and children interviewed reported sexual abuse during migration – often multiple times and in multiple locations.

Since the start of the response in late 2015, we have continued to respond to the needs of children who are on the move, stranded or seeking asylum in Europe. This includes providing 182,500 refugee and migrant children with a wide range of services. Weare also expanding our Mediterranean programme in Greece and Italy, supporting government efforts to improve reunification and child protection services.

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A deadly journey for children: The central Mediterranean migrant route

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