A Deadly Journey for Children: The Central Mediterranean Migration Route


This report from UNICEF shines light on the dangers of the Central Mediterranean Migration Route for children, and the particular vulnerability of unaccompanied migrant minors traveling along this route. The report begins with some fast facts about the route and the children who migrate unaccompanied. It then presents the findings of a needs assessment survey UNICEF’s Libya Country Office commissioned in 2016. The report shares the stories of some migrant children and describes migrants' experiences of trafficking, sexual violence, detention, smuggling, trauma and other psychological impacts, and more. The report concludes with UNICEF’s policy recommendations for the Central Mediterranean crisis as well as its Six Policy Asks for Uprooted Children.