UNICEF: Young migrants from sub-Saharan Africa face highest risks

BRUSSELS (dpa)- Migrants under the age of 24 trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean face especially high risks of exploitation if they are from sub-Saharan Africa, according to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday.
The report analysed data from 11,000 young refugees and migrants who were travelling towards Europe via two migration routes - the central Mediterranean route from North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean route through Syria and Turkey.

The risks were higher for migrants taking the central Mediterranean route.
Adolescents and youths who travelled alone or had lower levels of education were also more vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation, the report found.
However, place of origin outweighed all other factors with young migrants coming from countries in sub-Saharan Africa facing the highest risks.
Those from sub-Saharan Africa taking the eastern Mediterranean route were four times more likely to be exploited than other migrants.
The report noted that racism might be the underlying factor for the increased risk for these youth.
The dangers faced by migrant youth can include sexual exploitation, violence, forced labour or child marriage.
A report released simultaneously by the UN Refugee Agency also noted that 3.5 million refugee children between the ages of 5 and 17 were out of school during the last academic year.
The report found that only 61 per cent of refugee children attend primary school and 23 per cent of refugee adolescents are enrolled in secondary school, which are significantly lower levels than school attendance worldwide.

Tuesday, September 12th 2017

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