In nations across the world, migrant and displaced youngsters had been largely excluded from countrywide reaction and recovery plans to the COVID-19 pandemic and feature skilled a massive discount in getting right of entry to important services and care, UNICEF announced.
These findings are based on data collected through a recent UNICEF survey of 159 countries in which it has an operational presence.
On International Migrants Day, the UN children’s organization urged governments to ensure that all vulnerable children – along with the ones living as refugees, migrants or internally displaced – are prioritized in pandemic reaction and restoration efforts regardless of their reputation and reached with great protection, fitness care, water, sanitation and schooling services.
UNICEF is also concerned about increasingly negative perceptions and hostility expressed towards children on the move, a trend that is expected to intensify as the socioeconomic crisis generated by COVID-19 worsens and millions of migrants return home to countries with increasing rates of unemployment:
- 39 percent of UNICEF country offices report increased tension against migrant and displaced populations as well as returnees; with this rising to nearly 50 percent of countries in fragile contexts.
UN is operating with partners to assist migrant and displaced populations protect themselves from the pandemic and its devastating socioeconomic impacts. This includes offering accurate, child friendly statistics on COVID-19 and hygiene practices in a language they understand, making sure access to hygiene and water supplies anyplace kids locate themselves, and making sure that migrant and displaced kids aren’t left in the back of in efforts to assure non-stop get admission to to education, health, nutrition and child protective services.