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Caritas and Child Migration

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A child moving away from home alone to find work or to escape conflict is not a new phenomenon. But the number of lone child migrants and the complex threats they face are increasing. Caritas is worried on their behalf. They are in great danger, in many cases facing intense psychological pressure to succeed and to provide for their families back home.

Child migrants must navigate an unfamiliar country, language, and culture by themselves. Often they do now know their rights or the true extent of the risk of abduction and abuse which they face. They can be exploited, underpaid and underfed and rarely have a chance to go to school or to play. Organized criminal gangs can menace their lives, and those of their families back home.

Caritas organisations work to make sure these children can get help. They offer safe places to stay, with medical assistance and learning opportunities. They try to reunite children with their families.

Caritas also advocates and campaigns on behalf of child migrants – calling on governments not to detain them as illegal aliens in prison-like conditions intended for the adults they are not. Caritas insists they are treated as children under the law.

Caritas updates on Child Migration

  • Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

  • 6 August 2015
The most vulnerable to slavery conditions are those who, due to poverty, lack of other possibilities or indebtedness, accept irregular work and fall prey to traffickers who severely exploit them and make it impossible for them to leave.
  • A childhood on the streets in Djibouti

A childhood on the streets in Djibouti

  • 22 June 2015
Caritas gets a large number of children into basic schooling and a small group of adolescents into a vocational college where they can learn a trade.
  • Day of prayer against human trafficking

Day of prayer against human trafficking

  • 5 February 2015
“Governments, employers and consumers need to send a clear signal that trafficking will not be tolerated. The life of Josephine Bakhita inspires us to step up our actions on ending this crime.”
  • Migrant children need opportunities, says Caritas

Migrant children need opportunities, says Caritas

  • 18 December 2014
Caritas urges governments to prioritise the needs of unaccompanied migrant children on World Migrant Day and to increase employment opportunities in home countries for young people.
  • Defend the rights of child migrants

Defend the rights of child migrants

  • 13 November 2014
On the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November, Caritas Internationalis says more must be done to protect child migrants, especially those travelling alone. Caritas calls on governments to greater defend their rights by applying key laws as set out in the convention.
  • Protecting the rights of children across the globe – FAQs

Protecting the rights of children across the globe – FAQs

  • 13 November 2014
In some parts of the world, war, violence, poverty and abuse mean that children aren’t safe in their homes. Many of them leave, either with their parents or alone, in hope of finding a place to live which is safer and where they can flourish.

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ChildMigrantCaritas asks to governments to protect the rights of child migrants.

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Prayer for migrant children

Loving Father,
in your infinite compassion,
we seek your divine protection for refugee children who
are often alone and afraid.
Provide solace to those who have been witnesses to
violence and destruction,
who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they
cherish due to war or persecution.
Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time
of need.
For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.
© 2009 USCCB, Washington D.C.