A Web of Insecurity: How Gender Impacts Childhood Migration Amid a Pandemic

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Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Migration, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2021
Citation: "A Web of Insecurity: How Gender Impacts Childhood Migration Amid a Pandemic." United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. April 2021.

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Executive Summary

Migrant and displaced children are one of the most fragile populations in the world. These girls and boys have been hit with extra force by COVID-19 and its devastating impacts. Their rights are under serious threat – but data that identify the most vulnerable children among them and the specific deprivations they face are lacking. Many of these children – and girls in particular – are falling through the cracks.

This issue brief surveys the existing literature based on the limited available data to highlight areas of urgent concern for children on the move as they navigate life during the pandemic, examined through the lens of gender. Emerging evidence indicates certain gender-specific challenges for migrant and displaced children are intensifying. Some of these threats predated the virus and are now escalating, others have emerged as a result of COVID-19 and its consequences.