Child and young migrants

Last updated on 17 July 2020

Collecting and disaggregating migration data by age is essential for analysing the age dynamics of migrant populations. Child and young migrants are at risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation, especially if they travel alone and through irregular migration pathways. For child migrants, data disaggregated by age, sex and information on whether children are accompanied by a parent, family member, guardian, sponsor, or not, are particularly important to determine potential levels of vulnerability and protection needs during transit and on arrival. There are several types of data sources that disaggregate migrant stocks and flows by age, although none can offer precise numbers or a full global picture.