ICMC releases latest research publication on protection of unaccompanied migrant children

Campesinos' children in NicaraguaCampesinos' children beneficiaries of ICMC projects in the 1990s. Photo: ICMC Geneva, 28 September 2017 - The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) released today its latest research publication on the movement and protection of unaccompanied migrant children.

The focus of the research is on unaccompanied children in the Americas moving within and from the "Northern Triangle" of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, through Mexico to rejoin family members in the US. The report also describes the two programmes that ICMC has been supporting on the ground with its members and partners in Honduras and Mexico. The researcher-writer of the publication was ICMC former Research Associate Karla Estrada Navarro.

According to UNICEF in 2016, “around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced" – and this is only a rough estimate.

With this study, ICMC is responding to the call of Pope Francis “to work towards protection, integration and long-term solutions related to migrant children and adolescents”—to be an agent of change in the issue of unaccompanied child migration in the Central American region, with recommendations addressing drivers and effects of displacement of migrant children.