All over the world, people move to other countries or regions, in search of a better life. In Asia, 21 per cent of migrants are children and young people. They often face discrimination, abuse, neglect and exploitation, both in transit and at their destination. Also, child migrants risk becoming the victims of human traffickers. Every year, an estimated 1.2 million children become the victims of child trafficking. They end up in prostitution or criminality, or are forced to do dangerous and hard labour.
Countries in Asia still do too little for child migrants. They are looked upon as outsiders who are not allowed to have rights and access to provisions. Fortunately, this way of thinking is slowly changing. Asian countries are increasingly working together to protect child migrants.
We focus on child migrants, including (potential) victims of child trafficking, their families and communities. In this programme we particularly focus on vulnerable children, who are economically, physically or socially disadvantaged, such as children from ethnic minorities. The results of our programme obviously need to be sustainable. This is why we also involve ministries (such as health, education and justice) and international and civil society organisations, the media and companies in our work.
Together with our local partners we want to make sure India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines protect the rights of child migrants (including victims of child trafficking). Governments must better apply existing laws or improve the legislation on this subject.
For example, this also goes for the procedures and services they use in the process. In any case, they are no longer allowed to discriminate between nationality, background and immigration status of child migrants and local children.
We help countries doing this with the following strategies:
Promotion and lobby
Some of the results of our work in the field of child trafficking and unsafe child migration in the first part of 2017:
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